Religion: Hollywood Knows, Mr. A.

Hollywood long ago discovered that priests and nuns were box office. Protestants were tossed a few films such as A Man Called Peter and Battle Hymn, but it was the Roman collar that looked best on Bing Crosby, Spencer Tracy and Pat O'Brien—not to mention Barry Fitzgerald, Van Johnson, Paul Douglas, Gregory Peck, Charles Boyer, Montgomery Clift, Henry Fonda, Charles Bickford, Karl Maiden, and even Humphrey Bogart and Frank Sinatra. All this adds up to vulgar exploitation of the Roman Catholic Church, says Film Critic Robert Brizzolara of The Voice of St. Jude,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!