The Bells Of St. Mary’s (1945) enters the Olive Signature Collection!

Olive Films is proud to announce its latest addition to Olive Signature, our premiere line offering deluxe editions of time-honored classics, fan favorites, and under-appreciated gems from the Olive catalog. This release will be manufactured in a limited pressing of 4,000 units, so act now and preorder your own before they’re all gone!

THE BELLS OF ST. MARY’S – OLIVE SIGNATURE

BING CROSBY
(Going My Way, White Christmas, High Society)
INGRID BERGMAN
(Casablanca, Indiscreet, Murder on the Orient Express)
HENRY TRAVERS
(It’s A Wonderful Life, Mrs. Miniver, Shadow of a Doubt)
WILLIAM GARGAN
(Cheers for Miss Bishop, Rain, The Canterville Ghost)
JOAN CARROLL
(Tomorrow, the World; Meet Me in St. Louis; Primrose Path)
UNA O’CONNOR
(The Adventures of Robin Hood, Bride of Frankenstein, Of Human Bondage)

Directed by
LEO McCAREY
(My Son John, Good Sam, The Awful Truth)

America’s favorite entertainer, Bing Crosby, shares the screen with the lovely and talented Ingrid Bergman in Leo McCarey’s beloved classic. This follow-up to Going My Way, which introduced Crosby’s Father O’Malley character, co-stars Bergman as Sister Benedict, the strong-willed nun whose efforts to save the St. Mary’s school clash with O’Malley’s. An enduring audience favorite, The Bells of St. Mary’s is presented in a new 4K restoration for this Olive Signature edition.

YEAR: 1945
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 126 min
RATING: N/A
VIDEO: 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES

  • 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

Witty and heartwarming, The Bells of St. Mary’s features the unforgettable pairing of Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman, in a timeless classic from Leo McCarey. Reprising his Academy Award winning role in Going My Way, 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.

Nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress, The Bells of St. Mary’s features memorable supporting performances by Una O’Connor, Joan Carroll, William Gargan, Rhys Williams, and Dickie Tyler. Written for the screen by Dudley Nichols (Bringing Up Baby) from a story by McCarey, the film’s impressive technical credits include costume design by Edith Head, cinematography by George Barnes, and art direction by William Flannery.