God bless Olive for bringing Leo McCarey’s 1944 The Bells of St. Mary’s to Blu-ray.
It’s a bit of an odd bird. As explained by Prof. Emily Corman in one of the supplements, it’s a bona fide sequel – but produced via another studio. Going My Way was a Paramount production, released in 1944, a year previous to Bells. Mr. Crosby plays the same character in both. But Bells is an RKO production, with Mr. Crosby as one of the producers. A bit of cross-pollination.
While Going My Way is currently part of the Universal catalog, Bells appears to have been licensed by Olive from Paramount.
And while Going won a myriad of awards, Bells was nominated for eight, inclusive of Best Picture, but won only for Best Sound Recording. Best Picture went to The Lost Weekend.
Olive’s new Blu is a lovely affair. While it appears to be derived from a fine grain, the image is stable, crisp and clean, with a terrific gray scale.
Zero problems to be found.
Bells in another of those wonderful ’40s productions, for which these words will be few.
Just pick up a copy.
Image – 4.5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Olive's new Blu is a lovely affair. While it appears to be derived from a fine grain, the image is stable, crisp and clean, with a terrific gray scale.