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The Keys of the Kingdom
Directed by John M. Stahl
Produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Written by A. J. Cronin (novel)
Nunnally Johnson
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring Gregory Peck
Thomas Mitchell
Vincent Price
Rose Stradner
Edmund Gwenn
Benson Fong
Roddy McDowall
Cedric Hardwicke
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
Editing by James B. Clark
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release date(s) December 15, 1944
Running time 137 min.
Country  United States
Language English (also Mandarin and Cantonese)
Budget $3,000,000

The Keys of the Kingdom is a 1944 American film based on the 1941 novel, The Keys of the Kingdom, by A. J. Cronin. The movie was adapted by Nunnally Johnson, directed by John M. Stahl and produced by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It stars Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Rose Stradner, Edmund Gwenn, Benson Fong, Roddy McDowall, and Cedric Hardwicke.



Alfred Hitchcock, a Catholic, liked the novel very much and hoped to direct it, but the plans fell through. Also, Ingrid Bergman was considered for the part of Mother Maria-Veronica, though the producer, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, decided to cast his wife, Rose Stradner, instead.


The film was nominated for Academy Awards in the following categories: [1]


Alfred Newman incorporated Irish and Chinese elements into the score. The beautiful theme at the heart of the track, "The Hill of the Brilliant Green Jade", is associated with a Chinese nobleman who befriends Father Chisholm after he has saved his son’s life. Newman later reused the melody in his Oscar-winning score for the 1955 film Love is a Many-Splendored Thing. Richard Rodgers lifted the tune for the song “I Have Dreamed” in the 1951 musical The King and I.[2]

Spanish movie poster


Adaptations to Other Media

Keys of the Kindgom was adapted as a radio play on the November 19, 1945 episode of Lux Radio Theater featuring Ronald Colman and Ann Harding and on the August 21, 1946 episode of Academy Award Theater with Gregory Peck reprising his role.


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