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The Bells of St. Mary's

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

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After making the popular and lovable Going My Way with Bing Crosby as a priest, director Leo McCarey got letters suggesting that he make a movie humanizing the ladies of the cloth as well. So he decided to make a sequel, with Crosby's counterpoint this time a nun. The film was The Bells of St. Mary's, and the sister was Ingrid Bergman, at the peak of her popularity. The dynamic between Bergman and Crosby was light and sweet, and McCarey -- one of the originals of movie comedy -- keeps everything fresh, fun, and sentimental. While Going My Way had won seven Oscars the year before, The Bells of St Mary's won just one (for best sound) despite eight nominations. Bergman, lovely as always, had deservedly won her Oscar the year before in Gaslight. In just five short years, she would be a pariah in Hollywood, following her notorious affair with Italian director Roberto Rossellini. Following a string of quality movies and high output, McCarey's career would taper off after St. Mary's. He directed only five movies in the next seventeen years, most notably An Affair to Remember in 1957 (which was actually a scene for scene remake of his own Love Affair). Crosby made at least four dozen movies in the next three decades, but he rarely, if at all, achieved the sort of popularity that he had playing Father O'Malley.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • UPC: 887090075107
  • Original Release: 1945
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  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / B&W
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,741

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Joan Carroll Patsy
Una O'Connor Mrs. Breen
Martha Sleeper Patsy's mother
Dick Tyler Eddie
Edna May Wonacott Delphine
Aina Constant Nun
Jimmy Crane Luther
Gwen Crawford Nun
Jimmie Dundee Cabbie
Bobby Frasco Tommy
Matt McHugh Salesman in Store
Eva Novak Nun
Joseph Palmas Workman
Dewey Robinson Truck Driver
Cora Shannon Elderly Woman
Minerva Urecal Landlady
Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director, Original Story, Producer
George Barnes Cinematographer
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer
Stephen Dunn Sound/Sound Designer
William Flannery Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Marker Editor
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Jimmy Van Heusen Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Bells of St. Mary's
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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Disc #1 -- The Bells of St. Mary's
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Bells of St. Mary's

    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!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Simple Faith

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A classic and a favorite during Christmas

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Holiday Movie

    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.

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