The Bells of St. Mary's

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Overview

A devoted priest (Bing Crosby) must put aside his differences with a by-the-books nun (Ingrid Bergman) when a businessman threatens to condemn their beloved parochial school in this family classic from Republic Pictures. The feature is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offers audio rendered in English Dolby Digital Mono. This sole bonus feature on this release is an original theatrical trailer for the feature.
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Overview

A devoted priest (Bing Crosby) must put aside his differences with a by-the-books nun (Ingrid Bergman) when a businessman threatens to condemn their beloved parochial school in this family classic from Republic Pictures. The feature is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offers audio rendered in English Dolby Digital Mono. This sole bonus feature on this release is an original theatrical trailer for the feature.
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Special Features

Original theatrical release version; Complete digitally remastered version of the black-and-white film from the original negative; Original theatrical trailer; French and Spanish language tracks; English captioning, French, and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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: 9/23/2003
  • UPC: 017153147827
  • Original Release: 1945
  • Rating:

  • Source: Republic Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,398

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

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [1:11]
2. Father O'Malley Arrives at St. Mary's [4:42]
3. Meeting Sister Benedict [7:40]
4. Praying for a New St. Mary's [2:16]
5. Mr. Bogardus' Threats [7:41]
6. Patricia and Sister Benedict [8:44]
7. Eddie Spars With Sister Benedict [5:06]
8. Patricia's Doubts...The Five Senses [2:35]
9. Aren't You Glad You're You? [3:50]
10. The Sixth Sense [2:45]
11. Rematch in the Playground [3:54]
12. Adeste Fidelis [1:56]
13. The First Grade Christmas Play [5:37]
14. Mr. Bogardus' New Vision [7:23]
15. O, Sanctissima [6:57]
16. In the Land of Beginning Again [2:57]
17. Graduation Preparation [9:05]
18. Sister Benedict's Collapse [5:38]
19. Mr. Bogardus and Friend [2:52]
20. A Prayer Answered [3:42]
21. The Bells of St. Mary's [3:26]
22. Sister Benedict's Illness [2:48]
23. Readying the New St. Mary's [1:08]
24. Breaking Sister Benedict's Heart [4:52]
25. About Becoming a Nun [7:47]
26. Graduation [2:06]
27. "Just Dial 'O'...For O'Malley" [:56]
28. The Truth Revealed [6:02]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapter Selection
   Language Selection
      English
      French
      Spanish
   Subtitle Selection
      English Captioned
      Spanish
      French
      Subtitles Off
   Play Trailer
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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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