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The Bells of St. Mary's (Colorized) [VHS] (1945)

Bing Crosby , Ingrid Bergman , Leo McCarey  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan, Ruth Donnelly
  • Directors: Leo McCarey
  • Writers: Leo McCarey, Dudley Nichols
  • Producers: Leo McCarey
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: September 1, 1994
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300207919
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,165 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 Sure, The Bells of St. Mary's feels outdated and even trivial in light of the successors to its throne, but it's still a contender.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

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93 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL in any collection! November 23, 2004
By Pope
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 and BELLS 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 equally excellent 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. Henry Travers plays Mr. Horace P. Bogardus... you will recognize him as Clarence from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

The film earned eight Oscar nominations in the following categories: 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.
BELLS won for Sound Recording.

It's a shame BELLS 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 (generally) stable and clear throughout. Sound is crisp, with little distortion whatsoever. There is a theatrical trailer included, but no other extras. My only complaint about the DVD transfer... what is up with the gray bar at the bottom of the screen that appears at about the 2nd or 3rd page of the Main Title? It looks like it was digitally superimposed over the film to cover something up, but what and why?

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in any collection. A classic.
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An often underrated classic January 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Don't believe the Amazon reviewer, whoever she is. Crosby's performance in this picture is astonishing; the fact that he holds the screen with the great Ingrid scene after scene, as he did with Barry Fitzgerald in Going My Way, tells you that; very often he steals their scenes, not with any two-bit mugging but with the forcefulness he brings to the character. Also, that's nonsense about it being an ode to sentimentality; there is a difference between sentimentality and sentiment, and the latter is what makes this film to compelling no matter how many times you watch it. Leo McCarey and Bing Crosby were both schooled by the Jesuits and they incorporate incidents and characters they knew in their youths. Also, McCarey was THE master of improvisation before John Casavetes and some of the finest sequences--Bergman teaching a boy to box; the children's pageant; Bing and the cat in the hat--have the timeless enchantment of spontaneous invention. And if there is a musical scene in any movie that is more quietly potent than Bing singing In the Land of Beginning Again (one of Louis Armstrong's favorite songs, incidentally), I haven't scene it. A lot of people think they are too sophisticated for the O'Malley films. Pity. I've been an admirer for over 10 years and their craftsmanship and candor never cease to amaze me. I wish they would put some of the rarer Crosby films (like the Universal gems, East Side of Heaven and If I Had My Way)and McCarey gems like The Awful Truth and Love Affair) on DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars touching movie, true classic
now this one is a must watch, will keep you watching all the way through, great, as it makes you feel good, they don't make them like this any more enjoy...
Published 20 days ago by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Tissue and popcorn
I always get my tissue with my popcorn because I cry through this entire movie everytime I watch it. I think its Ingrid's longing eyes. Read more
Published 21 days ago by 40's oldschool
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
There isn't anything I can say about this film that hasn't already been said. And I feel it sends out many positive messages; trust, love, helping one another, determination,... Read more
Published 24 days ago by JJ452
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch with a tissue
One of my favorite movies. If you like the oldies. It's a classic with great music and humor to go with a great story.
Published 27 days ago by KM
4.0 out of 5 stars oldie but goodie
this is a wholesome movie for those who prefer movies the way the used to be. no cussing or violence.
Published 29 days ago by Catherine C. Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This great old classic everyone should see. Great actors and great directing. It's to bad Hollywood has forgotten how to make good movies.
Published 1 month ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful chemistry and song
Loved this movie - one of my first real introductions to Bing Crosby and Ingred Bergman. Both were stunning perfomances - both were subtle and masterful. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CMCD
5.0 out of 5 stars The sequal to the first Bells of St. Mary
If you loved the first one, you will love this one. Ingred Bergman runs a school and tries to keep everything in it's place. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Doris Huitt
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this anymore
Loved re-watching Bells of St Mary's .. They certainly don't make movies like this anymore. Enjoyable. Did not regret watching it at all.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
One of our family favorites. Everything was good. It will be among our movie nights with family and friends. Bring on the pop corn
Published 1 month ago by Judith A. Kendall
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