The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
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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;
Dec 27, 1945 Limited
Sep 23, 2003
RKO Radio Pictures
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As Sister Benedict, Ingrid Bergman manages to combine beauty, great good humor and saintly dignity even while swinging a baseball bat.
[Bergman's] clashes with Crosby...are moments that will have an audience alternately laughing and sniffling.
The same qualities that make The Bells Of St. Mary's quaint are also the qualities that make it, if not great, then at least solidly entertaining.
Though the various irregular pieces of this movie make it one of McCarey's least satisfying movies on an artistic level, it's totally understandable as to why it's his most popular.
Before singing nuns, there were singing priests, such as Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in Leo McCarey's charming sequel that's better (and was more popular at the box-office) than the original, the 1944 Oscar-winner Going My Way.
Only a nitch less entertaining than 'Going My Way,' but Ingrid Bergman's nun helps in the balance.
Good cast, good direction, but not near its parent film.
Dripping with sentiment, but who cares when you've got Bergman as the singing nun?
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