The Bells of St. Mary (1945) Rated NR

bells of st marysA Father and  a Nun become friends and rivals in a big city Catholic School. Starring Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers

This film is sugary sweet. My own cynicism has issues with this film. I’ll get into that later. First, Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman, were both wonderful in this. I enjoyed watching both sparing against each. It’s a lovely story. The issues I have with this film isn’t about acting or even the story. It’s well told. I struggled with the knowledge that the Father often withheld information or lied to people many times. Especially to the Nun that was sick. How could he do that? I was so frustrated that he would do that. I also struggled with the mom and dad in this story. What did she do for a living, that she didn’t want her daughter to find out? I have a guess or two. Then when the priest found the father and brought him to the mom, she was excited to meet him…didn’t he leave her? What? I’m confused. How they can just pick up where they left off? When she was either a call girl or stripper and he left her because she was pregnant and didn’t have a stable job? These are the storylines that seem to fall through the cracks but definitely doesn’t take away from what a great movie it is. It’s worth a watch.

 

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