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The Keys of the Kingdom

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Orphaned as a child, Francis Chisholm (Gregory Peck) grows up to join the priesthood. He decides to become a missionary in China, and arrives to find the previous church burned down. Undaunted, he presses on, but doesn't initially fare well with the local populace. It's not until the child of a Mandarin falls ill that Chisholm proves his worth. Over time, he collaborates with a trio of nuns, endures several wars and, at the end of his life, returns to Scotland.

Cast & Crew

Gregory Peck
Father Francis Chisholm
Thomas Mitchell
Willie Tulloch
Vincent Price
Angus Mealey
Roddy McDowall
Francis Chisholm as a Boy
Edmund Gwenn
Father Hamish MacNabb
Cedric Hardwicke
Monsignor at Tweedside
Rose Stradner
Reverend Mother Maria-Veronica
Alfred Newman
Original Music
Arthur Miller
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James Basevi
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Thomas Little
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Critic Reviews for The Keys of the Kingdom

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Audience Reviews for The Keys of the Kingdom

  • Nov 15, 2013
    Peck is wonderful as a priest in the midst of difficult places and times. The "China" story and the "youngsters" story both serve to bring out new elements in Peck's character.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2011
    Young Scottish priest Peck goes overseas to convert the people of China to Catholicism ... disagreeing with Church authority types about the so-called heathen status of those "inscrutables": he thinks of them as human beings! This bit of Hollywood liberal radicalism from the 40's got Peck his first Oscar for his portrayal of quiet dignified humility in the face of a world that doesn't care. Gwenn, Mitchell and Price do typically well in the supporting roles. A nice afternoon show.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie has a good story, but it is too long, and we don't get to see Vincent Price enough, which is one of the reasons I wanted to see the movie. It could have been better if the story was shorter and a little more exciting.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2010
    Nice story of a man of great faith and his journey in the face of much opposition on the path that he feels is the right one even as others try and fight him. Gregory Peck, whose innate dignity was one of his strongest assets, is perfect in the lead and he is surrounded by a wonderful cast, the kind that was only available during the studio system days.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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