The Keys of the Kingdom

The Keys of the Kingdom

John M Stahl (1944)

136min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Cast & Crew

Father Francis Chisholm Gregory Peck
Dr Willie Tulloch Thomas Mitchell
Rev Angus Mealy Vincent Price
Mother Maria Veronica Rose Stradner
Francis, as a boy Roddy McDowall
Rev Hamish MacNabb Edmund Gwenn
Monsignor Sleeth Cedric Hardwicke
Nora, as a child Peggy Ann Garner
Nora Mary Anderson
Dr Wilbur Fiske James Gleason
Agnes Fiske Anne Revere
Director John M Stahl
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd