Robert Harris

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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

Highly Recommended

RAH

 
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Can’t wait for mine to arrive now.
 

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RAH: do you have the earlier (2013) Olive release? If so, any thoughts as to the differences?
 

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And still, assessed for inflation, one of the highest grossing pictures ever.
Yep, in adjusted dollars, it ranks among some big titles:

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I'll probably have to pick this up. Somehow, this film has never made it into my collection on any format.
 
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Sidebar: Somewhere in the past I read that Bing decided to have some fun with director Leo McCarey. And he got Ingrid to go along with it. As Bing's Father O'Malley approaches Bergman's Mother Superior in a scene, he suddenly grabs her in a passionate embrace and kisses her. Leo fell for it hook, line and sinker, screaming at them until he realized he had been had.
 

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