The Bells of St. Mary’s 11/26/19

Olive Signature

Despite being one of the most popular pictures of its year, this favorite holiday movie plays strangely today, and should have disturbed people when it was new as well. Director Leo McCarey and his glowing stars Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman do remarkable work, and the show has its heart in the right place… but the values built into its story points are painfully wrong-headed. We don’t expect ’40s films to adhere to today’s so-called enlightened PC values, but some of the attitudes in this one make us want to throw things at the screen. Taken from a beautifully remastered new restoration, Olive’s Signature Edition is flawless. On Blu-ray from Olive Signature.