The Bells of St. Mary's

Synopsis: Father O'Malley, the unconventional priest from 'Going My Way', continues his work for the Catholic Church. This time he is sent to St. Mary's, a run-down parochial school on the verge of condemnation. He and Sister Benedict work together in an attempt to save the school, though their differing methods often lead to good-natured disagreements.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Leo McCarey
Production: RKO Radio Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations.
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126 min

Father O'Malley? Welcome to St Mary's.

Thank you.

- I suppose you're tired after travelling.

- It's pretty tiresome.

I'll take you to your room.

There's nothing to do but go to bed.

- Is Father Fogarty still here?

- No.

They took him away this morning.

Poor man.

Poor man? Why?

You'll find out.

You'll find everything you want here.

- Sure I couldn't get you a cup of tea?

- No, thanks.

I don't understand what you mean

about Father Fogarty. I'll find out what?

What Father Fogarty found out.

- The poor man.

- There you go again. What happened?

They took him away

mumbling to himself. In a wheelchair.

They took him away? Where?

Shady Rest.

He prayed that your stay here

might be enjoyable, though he doubted it.

He had very definite ideas about

running the school, and so have they.

- They?

- The sisters.

Father Fogarty said

they wanted their way in everything.

After he was confined to a wheelchair,

they had it.

Maybe he was just getting old.

He looked all right when he got here.

That's strange.

I don't anticipate any trouble.

You don't, eh?

- You've never been pastor of a school?

- No, it's my first experience.

Well, I can see you don't know what

it means to be up to your neck in nuns.


- Goodnight, Father.

- Goodnight.

Sleep well tonight.

Good morning. I'm Father O'Malley.

Good morning, Father.

This is our school bell.

We ring it when the children are here.

I see. Could I see Sister Superior?

Is she up yet?

- I'm sure she is. Will you come with me?

- Yes.

- Good morning, Sam.

- Good morning.


Sister Benedict

is very eager to meet you.

- Sit down. I'll tell her you're here.

- Thank you.

I'm sorry. Our cat had kittens

and they're all over the place.

The father's a member of the parish,

I presume?

Excuse me, Father.

I'll tell Sister you're here.

- Good morning, Father.

- Won't you sit down?

- Good morning, Father.

- Sit down, please.

Good morning, Father.

- Good morning, Father.

- Good morning, Father.

- Good morning, Father.

- Good morning, Father.

Good morning, Father.

Good morning, Father.

- It has been my...

- Father, this is Sister Superior.

Father O'Malley, Sister Benedict.

- How do you do, Sister?

- How do you do, Father?

- This is Father O'Malley.

- How do you do?

He is here as a substitute

for Father Fogarty,

who has departed

for a much needed rest.

- We hope your stay will be pleasant.

- Thank you.

We are looking forward

to your views as an educator.

I'm sure that Father wishes

to say a few words to us.

Well, yes, I...

St Mary's has been here

a great many years.

It has seen the labours of a good number

of the sisters of your order.

I know the work hasn't been easy.

In the eyes of the world,

very few take notice of it.

But earthly honours and rewards

are not for you.

You've sent forth pupils who have been

a credit to the teachings here.

St Mary's has grown old doing good.

As for myself, I'm happy

I've been selected as pastor of St Mary's.

Working in a parish where there's

a parish school will be a new experience,

and I'm sure a very interesting one.

Yes, I see what you mean.

However, as in all things, we assume the

tasks assigned to us without complaint

and with a hopeful view to the future.


The Epistle of St Peter, where he says,

"Be sober and watch."

What's the matter? Was it St Paul?

Now, just to get serious for a moment,


In conclusion, may I say

that I'm happy I've come to...

I'm sorry, that's the first bell

and the sisters have to go to classes.

Would you like

to say a few words to the pupils?

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Dudley Nichols

Dudley Nichols (April 6, 1895 – January 4, 1960) was an American screenwriter and director. more…

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