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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: Team Marketing
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2015
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00F6SHG5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,342 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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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.

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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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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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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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The Bells of St. Mary's is a very good movie. Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman are wonderful and so is Henry Travers (Clarance the angel in It's a Wonderful Life). I had The Bells of St. Mary's on video and I'm hoping to get the movie on DVD, I have it on my Christmas wish list but if I don't receive it for Christmas I will buy it myself! I know The Bells of St. Mary's is a sequel to a movie called Going My Way, I have never seen that movie but I'm sure it must be a very good movie too and I look forward to watching it someday!
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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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This was a delightful movie from star to finish!

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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At Christmas I looked for this movie and the movie 'Going My Way' to see if they were being broadcast on T.V.for the holidays. They were nowhere to be found. The Bells of St. Mary's covers the many ideals of Christmas. The meaning of faith, the caring and understanding of others and the miracles that do happen occasionally. Ingrid Bergman and Bing Crosby were wonderful in their roles. The scenarios may be a bit outdated but the ideals we need to aspire to are never outdated. Next year I'll be watching my two favorite Christmas movies.
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