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


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Product Details

  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman
  • Directors: Leo McCarey
  • Format: Black & White, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • 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 (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F6SHG5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,289 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Product Description

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 TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenny D on March 23 2012
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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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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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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