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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman
  • Directors: Leo McCarey
  • Format: Black & White, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Nov. 19 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F6SHG5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,553 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Witty, heartwarming and one of the most beloved classics of all time, The Bells of St. Mary's delivers all the entertainment of its predecessor, the award winning Going My Way. Bing Crosby recreates his Oscar®-winning (Best Actor) role as parish priest Father O’Malley. The easy-going O’Malley is sent to revive a financially ailing parochial school and immediately finds himself at odds with no-nonsense Sister Benedict (Ingrid Bergman, Arch of Triumph) on how to educate the children. Beyond their delightful battle of wits lies a bigger problem--the skinflint businessman next door (Henry Travers, It’s A Wonderful Life) wants St. Mary’s condemned, so he can build a parking lot for his employees. Only a miracle can save St. Mary’s now … How a devilish situation finds a heavenly solution remains to be seen in this captivating family classic that was nominated for eight Oscars®, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress. Directed by Leo McCarey (Going My Way, My Son John).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By just a little bookworm on April 11 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a really sweet film that I have always loved. It is not very fast-paced as movies go, and the whole sub-plot relationship with the one student's parents just deciding everything's great and to get back together - is not very believable. However, the rest of the movie is wonderfully acted and scripted. Bergman's character is so realistic; she comes across as a strict and unbending nun, but is really full of contradictions, and teaches a boy how to box so he can defend himself ont he playground. And even though there is no romanctic love between the two main characters, they show some of the realest love ever to grace tv sets. If you're up to an old-fashioned, sweet tale, with a few songs from Crosby and a couple of his signature grins, this one is sure to make you smile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By falcon on May 27 2009
Format: DVD
this is the sequel and more famous cousin to Going my Way.Bing Crosby
reprises his role of Father O'Malley.Ingrid Bergman co-stars.this movie
is much deeper than it's predecessor,and has a much better,stronger
story.Crosby and Bergman are both brilliant here.the story has some
very touching moments.i welled up a few times.there are strong themes
of hope and faith and miracles here,and the human spirit.whereas there
are a quite a few lighter,comedic moments in Going my Way,there aren't
that many here.it's much more serious in tone.i don't know if Bergman
and/or Crosby won academy awards for their portrayals,but they give
award worthy performances.the movie does feel a bit long and there are
some slow moments,but overall,i liked it.i give The Bells of St. Mary's
a 3/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 31 2004
Format: DVD
If you buy this DVD expecting it to be the video on disc, you will be quite disappointed. Within the first five minutes you'll discover that a scene has been cut. I purchased this version as part of transitioning our holiday film collection to disc from video and I'm quite disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Gauvreau on Feb. 16 2012
Format: DVD
arrived faster than expected. the quality is excellent. Great contrast and sharpness. Just like the one I discovered in my collection. I have so many movies on DVD and VHS that I don't know what I have anymore. That's what you get when you don't catalogue them. But when you're 74 years old and retarded like I am who's got the time to do this? I'll leave it for my kids to figure it out. But it's a great movie worth having and two copies guarantees they will last forever. Very happy with the product and the service.
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Format: DVD
I found this a good movie since it is actually a good movie about children..and I have a hard time thinking of
when I see a good movie about children, or what not? The nun played by Ingrid bergman sais at one time about
learning to "think his way through"..and it presents a way of thinking in terms of religion which is the complete opposite of thinking as adults? Here we have children who are brought up in a religious atmosphere..so already know a little about religion and the adults and their world..and we have mr bogartis..the industrialis who has some property..the sequel here deals with what the children have to say to this young nun..who has gone through the cloistered atmosphere with her fellow nuns..and presents herself to the children? The children talk to her in her adult world as opposed to their the children's world, and they note how she relates to the pastor played by bing, and her inability too..we dont know quite why..and the children quote Shakespeare to be or not to be..to have or to be? The ancient religious quest..voluntarily giving something up..to get something of greater quality in return? They also say something to her of being able to relate to a man..as she says later thinking her way through? Much like the ancient Shakespearean line "there is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so"(this line is not in the movie?). The ancient biblical admonition "i said you are gods"..fromjohn's gospel..and that ancient metaphysical line is what these little girls try to teach the nuns..to be perfect meansd to think perfect..rather than how she relates to the pastor? You rarely see in any film this type of learning atmosphere from the children's world presented, and its not the way increasingly anyone seems to think? The pastor embodies this ideal the male pastor..
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By Pope on April 14 2004
Format: DVD
The first time I saw Leo McCarey's THE BELLS OF ST MARY'S was on Christmas Day of 2002 when it aired on TCM. I was blown away from the moment the Main Title rolled across the screen. I've always been a sucker for sentimental movies of the 40s (like MGM's MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS and IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME, both Judy Garland vehicles... btw, both have recently received beautiful DVD transfers; check them out), and ST MARY'S fits the bill to the "t". I picked up a copy of the DVD this past holiday season. I've seen the movie complete a number of times and never tire of watching it. This is the epitome of 40's motion picture entertainment.
An excellent cast turn in very praiseworthy performances. Bing Crosby is Father O'Malley. Crosby is the only actor ever to have been nominated for a Best Actor Oscar twice for the same role, having also played Father O'Malley in GOING MY WAY the previous year. Ingrid Bergman plays Sister Benedict, the Sister Superior of St. Mary's. Mr. Bogardus is played by Henry Travers... more famliarly known as Clarence from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.
The film earned eight Oscar nominations and won for Best Sound Recording.
Nominated for...
Best Actor (Crosby)
Best Acress (Bergman)
Direction (Leo McCarey)
Editing
Score of a dramatic/comedy picture (Robert Emmett Dolan)
Song (Aren't You Glad You're You)
Sound Recording
Best Picture
It's a shame ST MARY'S didn't walk away with more Oscars, this truly is a beautiful film and is necessary in any collection. Good for watching anytime, especailly when your spirit needs a lift.
The DVD transfer is outstanding. Picture is stable and clear throughout. Sound is crisp, with little distortion whatsoever.
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