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The Miracle of the Bells (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 27 March 1948 (USA)
Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her hometown for burial. To arouse public ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Russell Janney (novel), Ben Hecht (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Bill Dunnigan
Alida Valli ... Olga (as Valli)
Frank Sinatra ... Father Paul
Lee J. Cobb ... Marcus Harris (as Lee Cobb)
Harold Vermilyea ... Orloff
Charles Meredith ... Father Spinsky
James Nolan ... Tod Jones (as Jim Nolan)
Veronica Pataky Veronica Pataky ... Anna Klovna
Philip Ahn ... Ming Gow
Frank Ferguson ... Dolan
Frank Wilcox ... Dr. Jennings
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Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her hometown for burial. To arouse public interest, and to get the reluctant studio head to release the film, he asks all the local churches to ring their bells for three days. Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno <a.moreno@mindspring.com>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Russell Janney's The Miracle of the Bells See more »

Filming Locations:

Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rumor had it that Ben Hecht took the screenplay assignment on condition he didn't have to read the book. Quentin Reynolds, who is credited onscreen as screenwriter, supposedly read the book and reported its contents to Hecht. See more »

Goofs

In the street scene toward the end of the movie, there are shadows of those walking in the foreground and no shadows of those in the distance. Obviously created by scene lighting, and not natural sunlight. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are listed in the pages of a book with a front cover 'Russell Janney's The Miracle of the Bells'. See more »

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Featured in From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Miracle Of The Bells
Theme Melody
by Pierre Norman
Lyrics by Russell Janney
Theme music played throughout the movie
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Believing in Miracles
6 March 2003 | by willramsSee all my reviews

A film I had never seen before, and it is highly recommended for all those who believe in faith and miracles. A Hollywood press agent, Fred MacMurray, inspires a new actress to attain higher goals in movies; she is played by Valli, who underplays her role with much emotion. Lee J. Cobb plays the tough producer and director. She dies just before the film ends, so the film is shelved by the money men. But this press agent believes in her and goes back to her hometown of Coaltown, PA where there are only a few old churches. One of them is Catholic, and Frank Sinatra plays the Catholic priest, who the press agent tries to get him and all the other pastors and ministers of the other churches to ring their bells constantly at her funeral. The day comes and the Catholic Church is loaded with townspeople who witness angelic sculptures in the pulpit turning to look at the body of the actress, and causing a national stir of publicity. All of this causes the producer director to come to terms and release the film publicly. But there is more involved in this film because it shows how sincerely faith of any kind can cause miracles to happen. I found this film to be highly entertaining and highly underrated for the period of time it was made in 1948


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