The Bells of St. Mary's

The Bells of St. Mary's

Director: Leo McCarey Cast: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers

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Overview

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; Sister Benedict plays baseball and teaches a student how to box; Father O'Malley softens the heart of the man who holds the mortgage (Henry Travers) by convincing the poor fellow that he's only got a few months to live; and the kids of St. Mary's put on a much-revised stage version of the Nativity, complete with a chorus of "Happy Birthday" on the occasion of the Virgin Birth. A huge hit at the box office, Bells of St. Mary's was nominated for nine Academy Awards.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/1994
UPC: 0017153550634
Original Release: 1945
Rating: NR
Source: Republic Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Father Chuck O'Malley
Ingrid Bergman Sister Benedict
Henry Travers Mr. Bogardus
Ruth Donnelly Sister Michael
William Gargan Joe Gallagher
Rhys Williams Dr. McKay
Joan Carroll Patsy
Una O'Connor Mrs. Breen
Martha Sleeper Patsy's mother
Dick Tyler Eddie
Edna May Wonacott Delphine
Aina Constant Nun
Jimmy Crane Luther
Gwen Crawford Nun
Jimmie Dundee Cabbie
Bobby Frasco Tommy
Matt McHugh Salesman in Store
Eva Novak Nun
Joseph Palmas Workman
Dewey Robinson Truck Driver
Cora Shannon Elderly Woman
Minerva Urecal Landlady

Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director,Original Story,Producer
George Barnes Cinematographer
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer
Stephen Dunn Sound/Sound Designer
William Flannery Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry Marker Editor
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
James VanHeusen Score Composer

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