The Miracle Of The Bells 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.
Sweetly well-meaning movie
What a sweet and well-meaning movie this is. It’s about love and respect for family and background and wanting to make a lasting mark on the shifting sands of our world.
The movie is not perfect, of course, it could have been shorter and not suffered much for it. The points seem belabored during the last half hour. Fred MacMurray saying “baby” all the time to Olga, the female lead was a little off-putting. Not so much for the word itself, it just seemed un-natural to hear him say it.
All that said, I will reiterate that this is a sweet movie. There is a great Christmas scene that will forever make me think of this as a “Christmas Movie”. Philip Ahn as the Chinese retaurateur was a beam of light and gentleness in this movie. His role was a stand-out.
Frank Sinatra was to have better roles in later years and his acting technique would develop. He is slightly lost in the role here. But that is no big sleight in this movie.
Recommended. Religious but not preachy, sweet but not sickly sweet. A nice movie for cold Christmas eves.
The Bells Ring for the Cast
The Miracle of the Bells is a gem of a movie. It is Fred MacMurray’s best role and best movie. He plays a burned-out publicist, who helps an aspiring actress attain (Alida Valli) a movie role, watches her die, then travels with her body to her hometown. He covers all the emotions in this movie: toughness, worldliness, anger, kindness, love, contempt, and deceit.
This is Ms. Valli’s second best role and movie. The first was “The Third Man”. Frank Sinatra plays the priest and this is his first dramatic part. He is very good in the role. He even sings a little.
It is a lovely movie about dreams and miracles.