The Bells of St. Mary's
The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)

In this follow-up to Going My Way (1944), Bing Crosby repeats his Oscar-winning characterization of happy-go-lucky priest Father O'Malley. The good father is sent to help out financially strapped St. Mary's Academy, a parochial… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 27, 1945
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
TIME Magazine

As Sister Benedict, Ingrid Bergman manages to combine beauty, great good humor and saintly dignity even while swinging a baseball bat.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Seldom has a sequel so completely transcended its predecessor.

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Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

A classic of faith and values.

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Variety Staff

[Bergman's] clashes with Crosby...are moments that will have an audience alternately laughing and sniffling.

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Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

The same qualities that make The Bells Of St. Mary's quaint are also the qualities that make it, if not great, then at least solidly entertaining.

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Emanuel Levy

Before singing nuns, there were singing priests, such as Bing Crosby as Father O'Malley in Leo McCarey's charming sequel that's better (and was more popular at the box-office) than the original, the 1944 Oscar-winner Going My Way.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Rambling [and] embarrassingly winsome...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Though the various irregular pieces of this movie make it one of McCarey's least satisfying movies on an artistic level, it's totally understandable as to why it's his most popular.

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Steve Crum

Only a nitch less entertaining than 'Going My Way,' but Ingrid Bergman's nun helps in the balance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman head the proceedings as the local dilapidated Catholic school is in danger of being torn down. Playing smooth and breezy Crosby… More
Aj V
A very nice movie (sequel to Going My Way) with Crosby as a priest again helping Bergman, a nun, and her school. It's not just a drama with Crosby singing… More
Jim Hunter
A priest and a nun run a struggling school and try to convince a businessman to give them a neighboring building. I don't see much conflict between the two… More
John Ballantine
Oh no strike me down! Not a lowly two stars for the Bells of St. Mary's!! I'm afraid that I find Bing's films to be all a little too corny and… More
Chris Weber
This is the story of an easy going priest and a firm nun who try to put their differences aside in order to save a financially strapped parochial school from… More
Donna Dawson
Great movie with Ingrid Bergman and Bing Cosby. Funny and charming, the movie is a wonderful classic.