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The Bells of St. Mary's[Blu-ray]
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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).
After watching director Leo McCarey's 1945, black-and-white ode to sentimentality, it's intriguing to note how everything old becomes new again. As evidenced by 1998 box-office fare such as Stepmom and One True Thing, the "disease of the week" mentality has been tugging at filmgoers' hearts for decades. The Bells of St. Mary's is the "sequel" to McCarey's Oscar-winning Going My Way, for which star Bing Crosby incredulously took home a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of the paternal priest, Father O'Malley. But in The Bells of St. Mary's, Crosby's undernourished, laconic technique barely registers against the luminous, playful gravity of Ingrid Bergman, who embodies the heart of a faith-abiding but forward-thinking nun named Sister Benedict. O'Malley is transferred to her poverty-stricken school, and the two square off, ultimately forming a respect and liking for each other despite the fact that the good Sister has taken ill with tuberculosis and Father O'Malley must send her away from her beloved parish to save her life. Sure, The Bells of St. Mary's feels outdated and even trivial in light of the successors to its throne, but it's still a contender. McCarey had the touch for striking a chord that hearkens back to everything we didn't get as kids. He fills a need, as it were, with his ability to reveal our human frailties. Too, he's got Ingrid Bergman, who makes us fondly remember every teacher who lovingly and patiently made a difference in our lives. The Bells of St. Mary's recalls better days and romanticizes a gentler way of being, as suggested when Sister Benedict, after overhearing Father O'Malley remark that sometimes a man must fight his way through life, offers simply in response, "Why not make him think his way through instead?" --Paula Nechak --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
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)
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.Read more ›
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
Ingrid Bergman was just luminous (isn't she always!) believably portraying a nun and Bing Crosby was perfect in his role as Fr. O'Malley.
I enjoyed this one much more than the first in this series, Going My Way. Although that film was the one that garnered so much attention and awards, I didn't enjoy it nearly as much. I found the story, music and supporting cast in The Bells...far superior.
If you need a feel-good family movie that will lift your spirits and have you singing along, give this one a try. :-)
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The movie DVD is good. I ordered two DVD'S. I got one DVD and a blue ray. The quality of the blue ray is very bad the sound comes and go's.Published 6 days ago by Jacques Guay
What bad can you say about this movie.. heart warming and lovely.. great Sunday on the couch moviePublished 28 days ago by kellie poole
Great CD and wonderful Christmas movie. It was great that I could find it through Amazon and delivery was prompt for a busy time of the year.
Gave it to a friend for Christmas along with "Going My Way" and she loves them both.Published 8 months ago by AskSharon