VERY GOOD 1945 Bing Crosby as Catholic priest in parochial grade school run by nuns film. VERY accurate setting - I went to that kind of grade school run by Dominican nuns in 50's - what a terrific period piece which might not ring as well with those who hadn't gone to one.
I did find this second Father O'Malley film by Crosby more compelling than first 'Going My Way'.
“The Bells of St. Mary’s” is one of those timeless movies that seem to exist in a bubble. If it had been made at another time, with different actors it would have been just so much corny sentimentality and sugary sweetness. Luckily for us it was made at just the right time with the perfect cast. Bergman is positively luminous in her role as Sister Benedict, and only Bing Crosby could have reprised the role of Fr. O’Malley with such effortless grace. We can forgive the film’s wide-eyed naiveté because it is just so well done, from the warm and cozy sets to the rich B&W cinematography. And that final scene has got to be among Hollywood’s top 100 tearjerkers.
Excellent performance, a good story. The nun is a champion of principles, confronting the priest's sensible compassion. I enjoy the witty, funny, thoughtful conversations from the kids, priest and nun.The nun is so beautiful with an angelic face. Meanwhile, the priest looks so innocent.
When the movie ends, I realize that "such old golden days" are gone. A must-see movie.
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