The Keys of the Kingdom

1944

Drama /

2
IMDb Rating 7.3

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137 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by raphael_lim 9

What a wonderful story of a man, despite much adversity, contributes himself to the Chinese community he loves so much. It is amazing how Peck makes it so effortless (even in his only second film)in portraying a young man to one in his twilight years. He personifies morality and quiet integrity in this film, reminiscent to the role that he would play nearly twenty years later in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.<br/><br/>The supporting cast which performs more than ably is led by Cedric Hardwicke playing a monsignor who was initially critical of the Peck character but emerges having respect for him after reading his memoirs (which form the narration for the film. Others include Thomas Mitchell as the irreverent self-proclaimed atheist who does much to provide the witty humour for the film, Edmund Gwenn as Peck&#39;s plucky mentor at the seminary who uses the term &quot;ecclesiastical mechanic&quot; to describe priests who are inflexible and bureaucratic, and Rose Stradner as the Mother Superior who falls in love with Peck (you only get a hint of this).<br/><br/>One of the highlights is the film&#39;s efforts in portraying the Chinese in a sensitive manner in terms of the customs shown and dialects used. This is very unlike films of its era which tended to portray Asians in a more stereotypical fashion.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 9

In his second film Gregory Peck got the first of his Best Actor nominations for playing the pious and devote Father Francis Chisholm in The Keys of the Kingdom.<br/><br/>When we meet Peck he&#39;s an elderly priest who&#39;s got a visitor in Monsignor Cedric Hardwicke who has come to the Scottish town where he&#39;s from and now is a pastor. Hardwicke&#39;s there to investigate complaints about him. Peck puts him up for the night in his own room where he keeps a journal that he has faithfully recorded his life. On an impulse, Hardwicke decides it might be good bedtime reading.<br/><br/>When we first meet Peck, elderly and infirm that he is, he looks like he could be the model for Alec Guinness&#39;s muddled old reverend in Kind Hearts and Coronets. But as Hardwicke reads Peck&#39;s words and we go back over his life, it&#39;s been a pious and rewarding one as a missionary in China.<br/><br/>The film is a flashback narrative of his life as a missionary. And the film is held together by the sincere and deeply felt performance of Gregory Peck as Father Chisholm. Peck has some terribly unorthodox ideas as a priest. For one thing he&#39;s not preaching that his own denomination has the corner on a good afterlife. Late in the film, some Protestant missionaries come, James Gleason and Anne Revere, and he becomes great friends with both. He&#39;s even friends with a self styled atheist in Thomas Mitchell who is an atheist, a medical doctor and a good man indeed. Mitchell&#39;s deathbed scene with Peck is quite touching and avoids a lot of the clichés associated with such scenes.<br/><br/>Another thing is Peck and the sisters led by Rose Stradner who later come to help live as simply and modestly as the Chinese around them. They gain some converts, but even more importantly they gain the respect of those around them. This is contrasted when Peck&#39;s childhood friend Vincent Price who has become a bishop and takes the phrase Prince of the Church quite literally. <br/><br/>The casting in the film is first rate and 20th Century Fox did a good job in recreating the feel and atmosphere of China which at that point was engaged in expelling the Japanese from their soil. The Keys of the Kingdom got several Oscar nominations including Peck&#39;s, but came up short on the statues.<br/><br/>I enjoyed the film a whole lot and I don&#39;t think one has to be a firm believer in any Christian denomination to enjoy it. Peck&#39;s Father Francis Chisholm may have led an obscure life, but his faith sustains him through all and he leads by sheer example. It&#39;s something that a lot of religious leaders fall short of, but not in this case.<br/><br/>Peck&#39;s life will surely gain him possession of The Keys of the Kingdom and we could all use a lot more Father Chisholms in this world.

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Reviewed by fritzgray 10

I&#39;ve always loved this movie. My mother introduced me to it and its remained one of my favorites over the years. I find the character of Father Chisholm to be my ideal of what a priest should be. Kind, loving, humble and unpretentious. I don&#39;t think Peck ever surpassed himself. He is tremendous in the part. Ably written and directed, I think it is a superb film

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