The Bells of St. Mary'sDirector: Leo McCarey
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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- Republic Pictures
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|
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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.
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!
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.
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.