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Movie Review: The Bells of St. Mary's

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DVD

 B&W / 126 Min. 

Close-Captioned _______

DVD: Playable in Region 1 - U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories

(Includes Spanish & French Language Tracks) _________

  Fr. O'Malley helps re-unite a broken family. ___________

Starring: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman.  With: Henry Travers.  Screenplay by Dudley Nichols.  Story by Leo McCarey.  Produced and Directed by Leo McCarey.

Republic Pictures  

  Sister Benedict teaches the children and helps them with their particular problems. ___________

The Bells of St. Mary's ©1945 Republic Entertainment, Inc.

Distributed by Artisan Entertainment. ___________

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Nominated for eight Oscars® including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress

Witty, heartwarming, and utterly charming, The Bells of St. Mary's delivers all the entertainment of its predecessor, the Academy Award® winning Best Picture (1944) Going My Way.  Bing Crosby re-creates his Oscar®-winning (Best Actor) role as parish priest Father O'Malley, who is sent to revive the financially ailing parochial school.  The easy-going O'Malley is immediately at odds with no-nonsense Sister Benedict (Ingrid Bergman in a Golden Globe-winning performance) on how to educate children.

Photo: A Roman Catholic Nun (Ingrid Bergman) helps a young student.

Only a miracle can save it now. 

Beyond their delightful battle of wits lies a bigger problem.  The skinflint businessman next door (Henry Travers, It's A Wonderful Life) wants St. Mary's condemned.  Only a miracle can save it now.  How a devilish situation finds a heavenly solution remains to be seen in this captivating family classic that was nominated for eight Oscars® including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress. 

(-From the Video's Back Cover) 

Photo: A Roman Catholic Priest and Nun see how God answers prayer to save a school.. Can Fr. O'Malley (Bing Crosby) and Sister Benedict (Ingrid Bergman) save the school?  No, but God can, and He answers prayer. ______________________________

Bing Crosby originally took up the role of Father O'Malley in:

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Image: Front Cover of the Video, "The Bells of St. Mary's." Graphic Design ©1998 Republic Entertainment, Inc.

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Photo: A Roman Catholic Priest (Bing Crosby) helps re-unite a family.

Our Comments:

This is a heartwarming, endearing, very well done family movie with excellent acting.  It teaches Biblical morality and the importance of prayer, and that God hears and answers our prayers.  And to give ourselves over to God's Will, because there is much that  happens in life, both good and bad, and we will probably never understand all of the reasons why until we get to Heaven, and unless God then explains them to us.  We really like this movie.

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