I don’t know if you have to be Catholic or to have gone to a Catholic school to appreciate The Bells of St. Mary’s. But the school reminded me of St. Anne’s in Fair Lawn, New Jersey where I went to elementary school in the 1950s and 1960s. There are some differences. The kids would have been in uniforms, and there would have been about eight priests instead of one for a parish of that size. But the atmospherics are perfect.
|Boxing Sr. Benedict|
The chemistry between Crosby and Bergman is excellent (sometimes a bit on the sexy side). Both were nominated for an Academy Award, as was the picture, and the ending will have you either in tears or laughing. Why? Because Sister Benedict is actually happy to learn that she has TB and is not being sent away because Father O’Malley is unhappy with her. Today, you can only get an ending like that on a Lifetime movie, but it worked in the 1940s.