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The Bells of St. Mary's [Blu-ray]

Bing Crosby , Ingrid Bergman , Leo McCarey    Unrated   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet movie 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Bells of St Mary's Beware Jan. 31 2004
By A Customer
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ring-a-ding-ding March 23 2012
By Kenny D
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Wonderful movie. No sex, no violence, no fear. I have watched this movie for years and enjoy it every time I see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL in ANY collection April 14 2004
By Pope
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)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Bing Crosby helps an order of nuns at St. Mary's. Jan. 20 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Bing Crosby continues his tour-de-force in this sequel to the film, Going My Way (1944). This time Father O'Malley must help the nuns at St. Mary's. Father Fogerty has been sent to the rest home, so O'Malley will be taking his place as the Pastor. Although he does get upstaged by a kitten or two, now and then. Sister Superior, Sister Mary Benedict (Ingrid Bergman) will use him as an educator. The children use to have a playground across the way, but the church needed to sell the ground to fix the church before it could be condemned. With the money, they reinforced the foundation, put in a new sprinkler system and fire escapes. Now a construction company is building a grand building right in front of them. Meanwhile St. Mary's is still in the worst way. The roof is being repaired, but there is still overcrowding. Sister Superior has a prayer, that the big new building will be given to them. She prays that one day, the owner of the new building, Mr. Bogardus (Henry Travers) would wake up one morning and just "give" them the building. A new St. Mary's church would have been on this site, but they sold the land, so seeing a building there tugs at their heart. With the nun's prayers and the help of Father O'Malley, maybe faith can move a mountain. On VHS, available in original black & white or the computer-colored version. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Actor--Bing Crosby, Best Actress--Ingrid bergman, Best Dircetor, Best Song--"Aren't You Gald You're You", Best Scoring and Best Flm Editing. But only Sound Recording won the Academy Award. Trivia Note: In the "Pledge Of Allegiance", the children say, "...to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible..." If you notice, the words, "under God" was not said. "under God" was not added until 1954 by act of Congress.
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This review refers to the Silver Screen Classics Edition(Republic Pictures)DVD.......
A beautiful sequel to "Going My Way", is now a beautifully transfered to DVD. "The Bells of St.Mary's" is funny, poignant and will tug at your heartstrings.Father O'Malley(Bing Crosby) has now been assigned to a parochial school that is in dire need of repairs. The school has no money and O'Malley's job is to assess the possibilites, of perhaps sending the children to another school.He meets with some tough oppostion though, in the form of one Sister Benedict(Ingrid Bergman). She is the no nonsense type,and right away the two have some very different ideas on what's good for the kids.There is also the problem of a businesman(Henry Travers) who wants the building condemned so he can put up a parking lot for his own employees.Sister Benedict prays for miracle, will she get it?
The story and Ingrid Bergman are charming and delightful and will have you praying with her for that miracle.Bing's beautiful voice graces the film with song and Henry Travers(It's A Wonderful Life) is wonderful as always. It's not too often a sequel equals the original, but with the addition of Bergman, (along with some really adorable kids)and under the direction of Leo McCarey once again, this heartwarming story has accomplished that.
This Silver Screens Classic DVD has done a really nice job with the remastering of this Black and White Classic.The film made in 1945 barely shows it's age. It is a nice clear picture, and the Dolby Digital Sound is good as well. It contains the original Theatrical Trailer, Has French and Spanish language tracks as well as subtitles, and has captioning in English.It also comes with a little brochure with some facts about the filming.If your looking for some great old classics that look great on DVD to add to your collection, this would be a good one.
Happy Viewing......Laurie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must have for everyone's Christmas collection.
Published 20 days ago by Joeen Melchiorre
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase
This movie was purchased as a gift for my Dad and he really enjoys it. I would deal with the sender again.
Published 4 months ago by Robsha
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites
I have been looking for this movie for a while. It is a great story with great actors and actresses and excellent music. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
always loved the old classics black and white one of my must see films over the holidays big bowl of popcorn
Published 8 months ago by Carl Fagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Would recommend this to anyone who likes a good movie. Classic and heart warming. Sit back and enjoy. Fantastic watch.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Linda Gluszek
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
It is one of my number one christmas movies of all times I want more like it !!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!! 1!!!!!! !!!! !!!
Published 20 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bells of St. Mary's
If you like old classic movies this is one of the best in my opinion. Set in the depression. With a new priest with new ideas and a convent of teaching Nuns, with strict teaching... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Debbie Parent
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie and sequel
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? Read more
Published 21 months ago by Anthony Marinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars bells of St. Mary's dvd
arrived faster than expected. the quality is excellent. Great contrast and sharpness. Just like the one I discovered in my collection. Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2012 by Dan Gauvreau
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Watcher
We loved the movie. Now we don't have to wait for it to be on TV. We can watch it when and as often as we want. Delivery time was excellent.
Published on Dec 25 2011 by Wil
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