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The Miracle of the Bells


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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Alida Valli, Frank Sinatra, Lee J. Cobb
  • Directors: Irving Pichel
  • Writers: Russell Janney, Ben Hecht, Quentin Reynolds
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 14, 2013
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B00BMQODGI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Hollywood press agent Bill Dunnigan (Fred MacMurray) attempts to carry out a deathbed promise he made to the only girl he ever loved, an aspiring actress names Olga Treskovna (Alida Valli), who dies after completing her first and only film. As promised, Bill takes her body to the Pennsylvania coal town of her birth for the funeral arrangements. To arouse public interest, and get the reluctant studio to release the film, he enlists the aid of local priest Father Paul (Frank Sinatra) and asks all the local churches to ring their bells for three days. Studio head, Marcus Harris (Lee J. Cobb) wants to reshoot the film with a movie star, rather than risk losing a fortune on an "unknown" whom he can no longer groom for stardom. Her story becomes a national phenomenon, but will this man-made miracle convince Harris to change his mind or will it take a genuine miracle. Irving Pichel (The Most Dangerous Game) directs this wonderful, heartwarming classic that recalls such films as Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary. Ben Hecht and Quentin Reynolds adapted the best-selling novel by Russell Janney.

Customer Reviews

This is my favorite movie to watch at Christmastime.
Sweetpea's Mom
I'm happy that movies like this has lasted and folks like you put them out.
audrey nowalk
Pesonally, I enjoy this movie because it has a really great story line.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 6, 2005
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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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Greg Grimes on January 16, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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 By Alejandra Vernon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on September 21, 2003
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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Vicki I. Youngelman on 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1998
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 By K. Partridge on 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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