The Bells of St. Mary's

1945 NR 2h 6m DVD

The Bells of St. Mary's

1945 NR 2h 6m DVD
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Good-natured Father O'Malley is sent to help the financially struggling St. Mary's Academy, run by Sister Benedict. O'Malley finds his leadership style at odds with the nun's as the two bicker but collaborate to save the school.
Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman, Henry Travers, William Gargan, Ruth Donnelly, Joan Carroll, Martha Sleeper, Una O'Connor, Rhys Williams
Leo McCarey
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that nostalgic guardians will enjoy sharing this one with their children. But parents should be on hand to field a few delicate questions, such as whether it's ever okay to lie to protect someone, and vague allusions to a single mother's fall from respectability. This is a great film for the whole family to curl up to on a rainy day. Teens who are fans of old classics or light musicals will be happy to have this one in their collection.

Sexual Content

Not applicable.


Undramatic fisticuffs between two boys.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Father O'Malley teaches by example that faith is all well and good, but you still have to take initiative to get things done. The film asks the question, "Is it ever right to lie, even to protect someone's feelings?"


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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