The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)

The Bells of St. Mary's poster

RKO Radio Pictures
Starring:
 Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman
Directed by: Leo McCarey

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Father Chuck O’Malley (Bing Crosby) arrives as the new parrish priest of St. Mary’s and works with Sister Mary Benedict (Ingrid Bergman) to expand and improve the school, even though they approach the matter in different ways.

Purr Blur: When Father O’Malley first arrives at the school he is shown inside by one of the nuns. She asks him to take a seat and he does, not realizing there is a kitten on the chair. The kitten just manages to squeeze out from beneath him and squeals. The nun explains that their cat had kittens which are running all over the place.

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten on chair behind Father O'Malley Bing Crosby

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten on chair being sat upon by Father O'Malley Bing Crosby

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten on chair squeezing out from beneath Father O'Malley Bing Crosby

Cat Burglar (Scene Stealer):  Moments later Father O’Malley addresses the nuns collectively. As he speaks he doesn’t realize that a tabby kitten has climbed onto the shelf behind him and is sniffing into his straw hat.

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten on shelf behind Father O'Malley Bing Crosby

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten on shelf with head in straw hat behind Father O'Malley Bing Crosby

As the kitten continues to play with the hat and almost falls off the shelf the nuns laugh harder, leaving O’Malley wondering what he is doing that is so funny.

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten wearing straw hat on shelf behind Father O'Malley Bing Crosby

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten playing with straw hat on shelf behind Father O'Malley Bing Crosby

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten almost falling off shelf behind Father O'Malley Bing Crosby

Eventually Father O’Malley catches on and the kitten climbs down on his shoulder.

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten climbing down Father O'Malley Bing Crosby shoulder

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten being held by Father O'Malley Bing Crosby

Sister Benedict asks if he would like to talk to the students. He is still holding the kitten, which mews. Sister Benedict pets the kitten and then leads O’Malley outside. “I wanna speak to you, too,” O’Malley says to the kitten. After this no cats or kittens are seen again.

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten being held by Father O'Malley Bing Crosby with Sister Benedict Ingrid Bergman

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten being held by Father O'Malley Bing Crosby and petter by Sister Benedict Ingrid Bergman

The Bells of St. Mary's - kitten being held by Father O'Malley Bing Crosby

Final Mewsings: Kittens know how to slay a roomful of nuns.


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