Blu-ray Release: The Bells of St. Mary’s

Blu-ray Release Date: Nov. 26, 2019
Price: Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Olive Films

Bing Crosby (White Christmas) shares the screen with the lovely and talented Ingrid Bergman (AnastasiaIntermezzo)  in Leo McCarey’s beloved 1945 classic The Bells of StMary’s.

Crosby stars as Father O’Malley – a priest on a mission to help revitalize the financially-strapped parochial school St. Mary’s. O’Malley’s assignment, to determine if St. Mary’s should be abandoned due to its decline, soon has him butting heads with the school’s headstrong manager, Sister Benedict (Bergman). But their squabbles are rendered inconsequential with the arrival of Horace P. Bogardus (Henry Travers), a skin-flint businessman set on seeing St. Mary’s condemned to make way for a parking lot. With tremendous warmth, this tale of a devoted pair fighting against the odds has been delighting audiences for generations.

An enduring audience favorite, The Bells of StMary’s is presented in a new 4K restoration for this Olive Signature edition.

Bonus materials include the following:

  • Mastered from new 4K restoration
  • Audio commentary by Bing Crosby biographer Gary Giddins
  • “Faith and Film” – Sr. Rose Pacatte on The Bells of St. Mary’s
  • “Human Nature” – Steve Massa on The Bells of St. Mary’s and Leo McCarey
  • “Before Sequel-itis” – Prof. Emily Carman on the film in the context of Hollywood production history
  • Screen Guild Theater radio adaptations
  • Essay by cultural critic Abbey Bender
Buy or Rent The Bells of St. Mary’s

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