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Come to the Stable

Loretta Young , Celeste Holm , Henry Koster    VHS Tape
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Loretta Young, one of Hollywood's most respected actresses had one of her greatest roles as the assured and determined Sister Margaret in Twentieth Century Fox's 1949 "Come to the Stable" a beautiful story of two women's determination and sheer belief in the rightness of what they are seeking in their work for others. Loretta Young, a staunch catholic in real life is one of those rare actresses in a league with the likes of Ingrid Bergman, Deborah Kerr and Audrey Hepburn , that seem totally convincing as nuns whether it be in their displays of humility in portraying their characters or just by the total immersion that they undergo when taking on the nun role.
"Come to the Stable" tells a very simple but extremely moving story based on a short story by Clare Booth Luce, of the journey that two nuns, one American and one french, make to fulfill a solemn vow made during World War 2. Resulting from the fact that through prayer to St. Jude, the Patron Saint of lost causes, their hospital was spared destruction by the advancing forces the two make a vow to return to America to set up a similiar hospital for young infants in Bethlehem, Connecticut where they have learnt of a woman who paints very beautiful religious paintings. After finding the right place atop a serene hill with perfect views of the town the nuns with very little money, very few propects and with a strong unquestioning faith proceed to achieve everything that has become their lifes work. Their journey from a hopeless situation with no funds to build the hospital or obtain the land, to one that inspires others to get involved to achieve the dream of the new hospital makes for inspirational viewing and puts across the strong message of the basic good of all people if you only take the time to look for it.
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This must truly be one of the most beautiful and heartwarming pictures to ever come from Hollywood. Clare Booth Luce's story is a wonderful portrayal of how trust in God brings not only success in good ventures, but also peace of heart as well. The Sisters are resigned to the Divine Will, even if it means that their work seems to have been for nothing. They work as if everything depended on them, but trust as if everything depended upon God. How many of us could stand to learn this lesson! The film also has many very humorous moments.
Loretta Young is totally convincing as a Religious; her bearing is gentle and kind. She utterly radiates the beauty of the Catholic Faith. The rest of the cast is totally natural in their respective parts, especially Elsa Lanchester as the nervous Miss Potts.
I would highly recommend this movie for the entire family. It is not a Christmas movie as the title suggests, but I seem to find myself watching it every year around this time!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guile and Faith July 29 2001
By S. Carr
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I have been searching for 2-3 years to find this movie, having seen it on television and never knowing its actual title. Once informed, I had to write about it to tell you how wonderful this movie is.
This movie is about two nuns who come from France to keep a vow made during wartime. Their hospital was not bombed during the war, so they had promised God they would come to America and found a hospital to St. Jude. (The patron saint of hopeless causes). They are drawn to a particular town, Bethelehem, because of an artist who works and paints at a stable there.
They come with almost no money, certain that they can raise the funds. They have a chosen a site for the hospital, but it is owned by a known racketeer. They know nobody in the area, but manage to work their way into the hearts of most of their neighbors. They persevere til the very last day... will they ever build their hospital? With faith in their hearts, they know they will.
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This movie and The Bishop's Wife are my 2 favorite Loretta Young
films. I, too, saw it on TV years ago and finally found a video to buy. I watch it at Christmas time, also. The two nuns, Loretta and Celeste Holm, arrive in Bethlehem, CT. during a snowstorm. Something I noted when I saw film: my father's relatives used to live in Waterbury, CT. back in the '50s and '60s. When we visited them, up the big hill from where they lived, there was sign advertising the town of Bethlehem, a re-creation of the biblical town of Bethlehem--a local tourist attraction that presented pageants this time of year. I think of that when I watch this film. Wonder if the makers of the film knew that, because the sign in the road the nuns see says "Bethlehem, CT." Is Bethlehem, the CT. tourist attraction from my youth, still going strong? Is it located in or nearby Waterbury, CT. I never went to see it, so I don't know for sure.
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