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The Keys of the Kingdom

  • 1944
  • John M Stahl
  • 136 mins
  • A
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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Twentieth Century Fox must have hoped for another hit like The Song of Bernadette when they acquired AJ Cronin's bestseller. Gregory Peck, in only his second picture, gained a Best Actor Oscar nomination playing a saintly priest who runs a mission in 19th-century China. Directed by John M Stahl from a final script by Joseph L Mankiewicz, it's a long, talkative and rather undramatic picture (only a civil war injects much action), but its success saved Peck's career after the weak showing of his first movie, Days of Glory. Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Cedric Hardwicke and Edmund Gwenn are among the strong supporting cast.

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Credits

Cast

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Father Francis ChisholmGregory Peck
Dr Willie TullochThomas Mitchell
Rev Angus MealyVincent Price
Mother Maria VeronicaRose Stradner
Francis, as a boyRoddy McDowall
Rev Hamish MacNabbEdmund Gwenn
Monsignor SleethCedric Hardwicke
Nora, as a childPeggy Ann Garner
NoraMary Anderson
Dr Wilbur FiskeJames Gleason
Agnes FiskeAnne Revere

Crew

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DirectorJohn M Stahl

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Formats
Black and white
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