Miracle of the Bells 1948 Fred MacMurray Drama Black & White NR
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Alida Valli, Frank Sinatra
Miracle of the Bells Story Line. 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.
Fred MacMurray clearly invested a lot emotionally in his character. Valli is fine as the angelic aspiring actress and Lee J. Cobb is commanding as always as a studio mogul with more integrity than one might expect. The entire cast is superb, even Sinatra in a very sweet role as a priest.
This is quite an entertaining film about the movies, religion, love and lots of other things. The film has that irresistible Citizen Kane-ish structure where a character is gradually revealed and only truly understood after their death. It also is refreshing in its positive depiction of religion and the important role it plays in so many people’s lives. All in all, a fine film!
The film is based on a novel by Russell Janney.
- Director: Irving Pichel
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Jesse L. Lasky Productions
- Run time: 120 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Black and White
Sample Video from Miracle of the Bells
This movie arrives on a professional grade DVD-R disc placed in a slim jewel case. The cover art is exactly as shown in the image.
You may also enjoy Fred MacMurray in a heart-warming story called Smoky. Smoky is a sweet family drama about the strong bond between a cowpoke and a wild bronco set during the 1940’s.
If you like Frank Sinatra, you’re likely to enjoy Meet Danny Wilson. This is one of Sinatra’s more obscure films but has an interesting story line and good performances by its stars. The songs alone make it all worthwhile.
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