The Bells of St. Mary'sDirector: Leo McCarey
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In this follow-up to director Leo McCarey's Going My Way (1944), Bing Crosby repeats his Oscar-winning characterization of happy-go-lucky priest Father O'Malley. The good father is sent to help out financially strapped St. Mary's Academy, a parochial school presided over by lovely nun Sister Benedict (Ingrid Bergman). The film is constructed in anecdotal fashion: Nun and priest gently quarrel over teaching methods; they help patch up the tottering marriage of William Gargan and Martha Sleeper; Sister Benedict plays baseball and teaches a student how to box; Father O'Malley softens the heart of the man who holds the mortgage (Henry Travers) by convincing the poor fellow that he's only got a few months to live; and the kids of St. Mary's put on a much-revised stage version of the Nativity, complete with a chorus of "Happy Birthday" on the occasion of the Virgin Birth. A huge hit at the box office, Bells of St. Mary's was nominated for nine Academy Awards.
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Cast & Crew
|Bing Crosby||Father Chuck O'Malley|
|Ingrid Bergman||Sister Benedict|
|Henry Travers||Mr. Bogardus|
|Ruth Donnelly||Sister Michael|
|William Gargan||Joe Gallagher|
|Rhys Williams||Dr. McKay|
|Una O'Connor||Mrs. Breen|
|Martha Sleeper||Patsy's mother|
|Edna May Wonacott||Delphine|
|Matt McHugh||Salesman in Store|
|Dewey Robinson||Truck Driver|
|Cora Shannon||Elderly Woman|
|Leo McCarey||Director,Original Story,Producer|
|Robert Emmett Dolan||Score Composer|
|Stephen Dunn||Sound/Sound Designer|
|William Flannery||Art Director|
|Edith Head||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Darrell Silvera||Set Decoration/Design|
|James VanHeusen||Score Composer|
1. Chapter I [17:54]
2. Chapter II [19:38]
3. Chapter III [13:07]
4. Chapter IV [24:52]
5. Chapter V [9:05]
6. Chapter VI [15:41]
7. Chapter VII [8:50]
8. Chapter VIII [17:03]
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If you love Ingrid Bergman and Bing Crosby, you have to see this movie. I bought it because they no longer show it on TV at the holidays.
My GF loves this movie and I had never seen it until last year, and I loved it. They don't make movies like this one anymore.
Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman do an excellent performance in the Bells of St. Mary. It is truly a classic and great for the whole family.
This was a heart warming story of faith and believing in the "impossible." Bing Crosby as a priest and Ingrid Bergman as a nun was a delightful sight. And there were enough humorous and touching moments in this story for you to truly enjoy this DVD. It is an endearing story with well-developed characters and a wonderful storyline.
Great Old Movie! The story is so sweet and reminds us that honesty is the best policy, even when others think lying would be better. I love the passion that the sister's have for the old parish to survive and the faith in a miracle of a grouchy man next door donating his new building. It's like A Chrismas Carol all over again!