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The Bells of St. Mary's
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Directed By
Leo McCarey

Written By:
Leo McCarey, Dudley Nichols

Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan, Ruth Donnelly, Joan Carroll, Rhys Williams, Una O'Connor

The Bells of St. Mary's (1946)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
November 19th, 2007

You've obviously never been neck deep in nuns.

One person told me that he doesn't watch movies before 1960; others won't watch black and white films. They are all losing out on some great movie magic that has thrilled people for decades.

I have seen this film numerous times, and I watched it again yesterday like the first time. At over 2 hours, I would guess it is unusual for a comedy in the 40s, but I can assure you that it lags for not one second.

There are several stories going on and, while it may seem like a soap opera, it keeps you involved and, more importantly, entertained the entire time. It is tender and funny and a great example of movie-making when the actors were the most important thing on screen instead of special effects.

There are so many good directors that Leo McCarey probably would not appear on anyone's Top 100 list, but you won't go wrong investing your time in any of his best - Going My Way, The Awful Truth, An Affair to Remember, Duck Soup, and this one.

And, of course, there is Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. Bergman most certainly had a separate room in her home for all her awards, and you have to hear the crooning of Crosby to appreciate the times.

Like It's a Wonderful Life, this deserves repeat viewings over the years.

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Nov 19, 2007 2:17 PM
[comment deleted by Kailey]

Nov 19, 2007 2:18 PM
I watched it yesterday too!

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