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Come to the Stable (1949)

Come to the Stable





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A Christmastime TV perennial, Come to the Stable is the gentle saga of two French nuns (Celeste Holm with accent, Loretta Young without) who come to America in hopes of raising funds for a children's hospital. Travelling to a small New England town presciently named Bethlehem, the nuns befriend eccentric painter Elsa Lanchester, who allows them to use her studio (actually a stable) for their base of operations. Utterly ingenuous when it comes to American mores and customs (they tear up a parking ticket, assuming it to be an advertisement), the sisters raise money in a variety of amusing fashions. One of their "agents" is outwardly tough gambler Thomas Gomez, who gives them the land they need and a cash contribution, to the astonishment of his equally raffish pals (who also kick in). And towards the end, the nuns even play a little professional tennis to raise money. Careful not to overwhelm the viewer with sentiment and religiosity, Come to the Stable (based on a story by Clare Booth Luce) is ideal holiday film fare.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Faith & Spirituality, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Oscar Millard, Sally Benson
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On DVD: Mar 15, 1995
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

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Loretta Young
as Sister Margaret
Celeste Holm
as Sister Scholastica
Elsa Lanchester
as Amelia Potts
Hugh Marlowe
as Robert Masen
Thomas Gomez
as Luigi Rossi
Dooley Wilson
as Anthony James
Regis Toomey
as Monsignor Talbot
Mike Mazurki
as Heavy Man
Henri Letondal
as Father Barraud
Tim Huntley
as Mr. Thompson
Virginia Kelly
as Mrs. Thompson
Louis Jean Heydt
as Mr. Newman
Ian MacDonald
as Mr. Matthews
Jean Prescott
as Mrs. Matthews
Gary Pagett
as Johnnie
Nolan Leary
as Station Master
Wally Brown
as Sheldon
Edwin Max
as Whitey
Russ Clark
as Policeman
Robert Foulk
as Policeman
Marion Martin
as Manicurist
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All Critics (3)

Well acted by Celeste Holme and Lorette Young as French nuns in the U.S., this sentimental religious melodrama was very popular in 1949, garnering 7 Oscar nominations.

Full Review… | June 12, 2011

Surely a film that shows both its age and its seams, Come to the Stable nonetheless remains a testament to old Hollywood's ability to sell anything it put its mind to.

Full Review… | February 15, 2009

Sweet, pious entertainment of a sort that “they don't make like that anymore.”

Full Review… | May 8, 2002
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Audience Reviews for Come to the Stable


Sweet movie with a nice message but 7 Oscar nominations?

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A very cute film about French nuns as the fish out of water coming to America in order to fulfill their heavenly mission. The interaction between the nuns and the people they encounter really makes this one sizzle.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

oh boy! another nun movie-think roslind russel in 'where angels go" or ingrid bergman in bells of st mary's" or even whoopie goldberg in 'sister act" a well mined genre

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