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      The Miracle of the Bells

      1948 2h 0m Drama List
      Reviews 56% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A press agent (Fred MacMurray), a priest (Frank Sinatra) and headlines elevate the hometown funeral of a one-movie actress (Alida Valli). Read More Read Less

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      Frances H This film has always been a favorite of mine, and to my mind the best film performance by Valli. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/23/20 Full Review Audience Member Corny, especially for a post WWII film. Yet it has an intriguing premise and a good MacMurray performance. Sinatra is interesting as a parish priest. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Wow. This movie was bad. The writing is ridiculously melodramatic and overly sentimental, even for 1948. Fred MacMurray seems bored, as i'm sure he knows the script is trash. The only real interest is seeing a young Sinatra try to pull off playing a priest, which comes across like a parody of the gentle-soul priestly image. But his appearance is so small, it's not even worth wading through the maudlin dialogue to get there. Every time I heard Fred MacMurray say, "Baby..." i wanted to throw my shoe at the screen. Definitely a hard pass. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member The Miracle of the Bells This film starts very slow gets interesting towards the end of the movie. It is an unusual role the way we see Frank Sinatra. Not the typical role we see him portray. I thought was cool was when Actress Olga acted as Joanna Ark for an audition and the scene went from audition in house and saying the lines to in a court scene in one room to a set with a blurry filter on right and left of screen and in focus in the center. It was a funny event when all the churches beggin to ring their bells between 8:00 in Coal town for death of a Polish actress who dies from Turburculosous a day after film is made. Bells played for three days attracts press agents. Bill Donavan press agent has been renowned as a stunt pulls off stunts to attract attention to low level pictures They did not play bells for death of Father. Wanted to be buried by father at Saint Michaels in Coal Town, Pennsylvania. It was impressive when the angel statues moved towards to coffin. The question is do you tell of the physical explanation or that of Religious reason or not explain it at all to gain support of believers. Believe that the amount of people coming to see funeral at Saint Michaels Church was unable to support columns that hold angels up causing the angels to turn and face body. church, plus the coal mines under the church. When Olga was returned it has effected the town. Many have started to support Saint Michaels Church. They decided to release the film after all publicity. The money raised from movie to start a hospital dedicated towards finding a cure for Turburculosous. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a great movie. Superb acting. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member mis-cast, hookie & overly pious. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A press agent (Fred MacMurray), a priest (Frank Sinatra) and headlines elevate the hometown funeral of a one-movie actress (Alida Valli).
      Director
      Irving Pichel
      Screenwriter
      Ben Hecht, Quentin Reynolds
      Production Co
      Jesse L. Lasky Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Oct 1, 2015
      Runtime
      2h 0m