The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

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A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »




  • Gregory Peck and Edmund Gwenn in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
  • Gregory Peck and Philip Ahn in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
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  • Gregory Peck in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
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  • Gregory Peck in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

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John M. Stahl


Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screenplay), Nunnally Johnson (screenplay), A.J. Cronin (novel)

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Fox considered Dean Jagger, Franchot Tone, Gene Kelly and Alan Ladd before settling on Gregory Peck for his breakthrough role.


Title card: On a September evening in 1938, Father Francis Chisholm returned to his little church near Tweedside, Scotland.
Father Francis Chisholm: Good afternoon, Monsignor.
Monsignor: Good afternoon, Father.


In the scene where Father Francis Chisholm (Gregory Peck) is leaving his mission in China after being ordered into retirement, the children are heard singing his favorite hymn as he steps from the car, but when the camera shows the children singing, it is obvious that they are mouthing something entirely different from what is being heard.

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