*The Keys of the Kingdom*. 1944. USA. Directed by John M. Stahl. Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp./Photofest

The Keys of the Kingdom. 1944. USA. Directed by John M. Stahl. Screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by A. J. Cronin. With Vincent Price, Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell. DCP. 137 min.

We meet Father Francis Chisholm as an elderly priest whose more traditional sermons no longer pack in the parishioners on Sunday. The new Monsignor is about to ask Chisholm to retire—until his discovers the old man’s journals. As a young priest, Chisholm was sent to establish a church in China, in a non-Christian neighborhood, where he persevered in the face of opposition, loneliness, and hardship. Chisholm’s struggle stands in stark contrast to the fate of his friend Angus Mealey, whose parish is blossoming back home.

  1. Thursday, October 11,
    1:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, September 21,
    1:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
This film accompanies Modern Matinees: Vincent Price.