The New Pictures, Jan. 1, 1945

The Keys of the Kingdom (20th Century-Fox), a handsome and heartfelt screen version of A. J. Cronin's bestseller, lacks the parochial authenticity, the comic pathos and the sagacious acting which made Going My Way the best of all movies about priests. But it is rather more attentive to religion, and its religiousness is not only free of pomp and sanctimony but is also human, dramatic and moving.

Francis Chisolm (Gregory Peck), the hero of this moral saga, is that rare sort of great man, humble, slow-minded, naive and brave, who never realizes his own...

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