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The Miracle of the Bells [VHS] (1948)

Fred MacMurray , Alida Valli , Irving Pichel  |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Alida Valli, Frank Sinatra, Lee J. Cobb, Harold Vermilyea
  • Directors: Irving Pichel
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, DeWitt Bodeen, Quentin Reynolds, Russell Janney
  • Producers: Jesse L. Lasky, Walter MacEwen
  • Format: NTSC, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Republic Entertainme
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303258190
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #487,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Isn't This Movie on DVD? October 6, 2005
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
I watched The Miracle of the Bells for the first time this past December 2004 and I liked it. It is a sad movie but there are some very hartwarming moments in this that make it highly enjoyable! It is about a young woman on the verge of becoming a big movie star who dies and the man who loved her brings her back to be buried in her hometown. The movie stars Alida Valli as the actress and Fred MacMurray as her friend and they were both very good and the movie also stars Frank Sinatra as a young Catholic priest and I have read reviews saying that they just couldn't buy him playing a priest, I guess because of his bad boy Rat Pack image but I thought he was very good and I was able to forget about his later Rat Pack image and I just enjoyed his acting in this movie. Though this movie is thought of by many as a Christmas movie I feel that it can be watched anytime of the year, I mean just because it's set in winter and there is a miracle doesn't mean that you can only watch it during the Christmas holidays and also I wish that this movie would be put on DVD!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Miracle of the Bells January 16, 2000
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Undoubtedly one the finest performances by Fred MacMurry and Frank Sinatra, not to mention the superior supporting cast, Lee J. Cobb for starters. But because Sinatra isn't singing the "experts"; Maltin, Siskel, Ebert and Shalate overlook his REAL acting abiltiy. Sinatra is as pure a thespian as Olivier in this role as a priest (not even a church hymn from Frank's lips is hummed). Maltin's above review includes "ludicrous" plot-I'm sure the movie GHOST is on Leonard's his TOP 100 list. Trust no critic: see the this inspirational movie at once.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars like molasses, a little slow but very sweet June 2, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Based on Russell Janey's novel, the Ben Hecht/Quentin Reynolds script for this film is sometimes sappy and often uneven, but it's also a nice sentimental story, told in flashback, by William Dunnigan (played in a somber manner by Fred McMurray), a press agent who was never a very happy guy, and is burying the woman he loved (but was never able to tell her so).
The real reason to watch this film is to see Alida Valli play Joan of Arc, in a "film within a film" segment. She is luminous and incredibly beautiful, and would have made a terrific Joan. Coincidentally, the lavish "Joan of Arc" production starring Ingrid Bergman was released the same year as this film.
Another reason to view "The Miracle of the Bells" is to see Frank Sinatra, skinny as a rail, in the unlikely part of a soft spoken priest; this was five years before his success in "From Here to Eternity", and he is surprisingly good, but far from great. He sings "Ever Homeward", a cappella, as he sits among the grave stones; there's a lot of gloomy aspects to the film, one of them being that the setting is a poor coal mining town...though it all has a nice pay-off.
Lee J. Cobb is Marcus Harris, the film producer making "Joan of Arc", and he has the humorous moment in the film with his "I won't stand for any press agent miracles !" rant, which was funny enough to make me laugh out loud, a rarity for me.
Some might say it's improbable that headlines of "Nation Mourns For Movie Star" could ever happen, especially when the "movie star" is unknown, but seeing how today's media obsesses about inconsequential stories, and runs with them for days (nay, weeks !) on end, on a slow news cycle, anything could happen.
Total running time is 120 minutes.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable Movie September 21, 2003
By Rebecca
Format:VHS Tape
Orginally, I saw this movie about ten years ago and it really left an impression on me. It brilliantly grabs the viewer's heart...You would have to be dead not to be touched by this film. I loved it and I'm getting ready to purchase a copy for my 15-year-old daughter to watch. I've shared with her many other classics I've valued in my lifetime, i.e. Jane Eyre (Orson Wells), Wuthering Heights, and Alice Adams. I hope she will treasure the classics as much as I do.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Movie October 11, 2009
Format:VHS Tape
I was able to purchase this movie on a DVD from [...] sales distribution Blackhorse Entertainment

I could not play it on Blue Ray but was able to play it on my old DVD player.
The movie was marvelous. I do not care what the critics say. Alida Valli does an outstanding job. Fred Mac Murray has a magical delivery in this role and the perfect voice sound to make it powerful. Frank Sinatra as a priest shows a good depth of character, plays it just as it should be. No fluff. Lee J. Cobb always a top rated professional does not let you down in this one either. He defends America with eloquent poise. I might add defending America in films today seems to be missing.
Please get the film, pass it on to your children, it is a classic.
Enjoy,
Vicki Youngelman
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful December 7, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This video captures Fred MacMurray in his younger years. His style and grace is beautiful and Valli and Frank Sinatra also have a spritual essence they add to this movie. I love this movie and even though the miracle some might doubt it still captures the humanity of a human soul and what love is about.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please put this on DVD December 27, 2006
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I read the first review and had to add my vote to get this great film transferred to DVD. It is a wonderful film that has a great message and is a Christmas Favorite of mine. I watched it every year at the holiday's as a child. Very well acted and worth the time spent to sit and enjoy a film that can rest on the plot and the talent of the actors. No needless sex or violence just a great story!!! Hurry with the DVD PLEASE!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a great up lifting movie frank sinatra plays a great preist part,
Published 16 days ago by Keith A. Schilling
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Sinatra is believable in this classic. Worth having in your...
Forgot how wonderful and sappy this classic is. Great for the holidays. Blu ray transfer is terrific.
Published 16 days ago by Robert Vargo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Product came promptly with no problems. I've been looking for this film for a long time.
Thank you
Published 29 days ago by FELIPPA LANTZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great old movie
Really great old movie. It surprised me that Frank Sinatra was not the big star. It was probably early in his career. Everyone did an outstanding job in this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dave Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual story!
Excellent Fred MacMurray brilliant as usual a very good story sad at times but worth watching!
Published 1 month ago by angela kaiser
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Fred Macmurry
I seen this movie 40 years ago, and now I have it. I like Fred Macmurry , Frank Sinatra
Published 1 month ago by Buckstermeisterbraue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very different love story bittersweet but very emotional.
Published 1 month ago by Ed Wainwright
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
VERY TOUCHING AND HEARTBREAKING
Published 3 months ago by Irene
5.0 out of 5 stars A feel good movie
A truly brilliant movie. Good story line and Frank Sinatria is adorable as the young priest. it is a little bit of tear jerker butch well worth watching. makes you feel good.
Published 3 months ago by kathleen hennessy
4.0 out of 5 stars Transferred it to a DVD, using a combo HD/DVD ...
Transferred it to a DVD, using a combo HD/DVD recorder, with VHS Hi-Fi input from my old dual VHS recorder/player. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter Haas
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