“It looks like St. Mary’s is in a bad way.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
The fact that this dated, overly sentimental film still remains of interest at all rests solely on the capable shoulders of Bergman, who, “more beautiful than ever — whether teaching a young boy to box or just reacting to good news from Crosby or Travers — is simply magnificent”. Her performance is head-and-shoulders above the material she’s given to work with, which unfortunately simply involves more of the cloying do-gooder vignettes evidenced in Going My Way. Here, Crosby and Bergman are committed (in different ways) to helping the teenage daughter (Joan Carroll) of a “single mother” (Martha Sleeper) whose musician-husband (William Gargan) walked out on them years earlier; will Crosby locate said “missing father”, and help facilitate an unrealistically happy reunion? What do you think? Meanwhile, the entire subplot revolving around Travers’ sudden change of heart simply defies belief. Regardless, film fanatics may want to check this one out once, simply for Bergman. She’s marvelous.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: