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The Bells of St. Mary's

1945 motion picture starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.

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The sequel to "Going My Way" does not measure up to the original.

  • Dec 20, 2008
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Since "Going My Way" is one of my all-time favorite movies one might reasonably expect that I would not be quite as enthused about the sequel. Most critics back in the day agreed. While "The Bells of St. Mary's is a decent film in its own right it is just not as compelling as the original. Bing Crosby reprises his role as Father Chuck O'Malley and Ingrid Bergman does a workmanlike job portraying the Mother Superior (Sister Mary Benedict) of St. Mary's School. Having attended an inner-city Catholic school as a child it is a storyline that I am all too familiar with. The plot revolves around Sister Mary Benedict's heroic efforts to save her beloved St. Mary's. It seems that the building has fallen into serious disrepair and only a miracle will prevent the school from having to close. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Much to the chagrin of Father O' Malley, Mother Superior hatches an improbable plan to get a miserly businessman named Horace P. Bogardus (played by Henry Travers) to donate a brand new school building. Bogardus dismisses the good Sister's request out of hand but as time goes on he begins to realize that he just might have met his match. The main problem with "The Bell's of St. Mary's" is that the storyline is much too predictable. It is your typical sequel. Fine performaces by Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman make this film reasonably enjoyable in spite of it's obvious flaws.

Since I am a big fan of movies from the 1940's I still do enjoy viewing "The Bells of St. Mary's" every now and again. With all due respect to younger folks compared to the trash that's being released these days "The Bell's of St Mary's" is a classic! Recommended. .

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The Bells of St. Mary's is a 1945 film which tells the story of a priest and a nun at a school who set out, despite their good-natured rivalry, to save the school from being shut down. It stars Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. The character of Father O'Malley had been previously portrayed by Crosby in the 1944 film Going My Way, for which Crosby had won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

The movie was written by Leo McCarey and Dudley Nichols, and directed by McCarey. The film was produced by McCarey's production company, Rainbow Productions.

It won the Academy Award for Best Sound, Recording, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bing Crosby), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ingrid Bergman), Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Best Music, Song (for Jimmy Van Heusen (music) and Johnny Burke (lyrics) for "Aren't You Glad You're You") and Best Picture. Adjusted for inflation, it is considered the 44th highest grossing film of all time. href="" rel=nofollow>[1]

A television adaptation on videotape of The Bells of St. Mary's was shown in 1959, starring Claudette Colbert, Marc Connelly, Glenda Farrell, Nancy Marchand, Barbara Myers, Robert Preston and Charles Ruggles. It was directed by Tom Donovan.

The film has come to be commonly associated with the Christmas season, due most likely to the ...

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