Friday, January 01, 2010

The Bells of St. Mary's

The Bells of St. Mary's is a 1945 film starring Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers and Una O'Connor. The music is by Bobby Dolan.

This is one of my favorite Christmas movies. The Daughter selected it for us to watch after supper tonight. I can't find a trailer for it that can be embedded (though imdb has it online), but here is an excerpt from the film:

Variety calls it "warmly sentimental". TCM has an overview. Time praises Bergman:
As Sister Benedict, Ingrid Bergman manages to combine beauty, great good humor and saintly dignity even while swinging a baseball bat. Taking her role seriously, Actress Bergman played it without make-up (with no damage to her good looks), visited parochial schools to see how nuns actually behave, wore ballet slippers under her robes to perfect a gliding step.

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