Come to the Stable (1949)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Religious Drama  |   Release Date - Sep 1, 1949 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 94 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Some may find Come to the Stable a bit too sentimental, but it's also hard to resist. T here's such an undercurrent of warmth and commitment in Stable that most viewers are willing to revel in its rose-colored view of the events that it chronicles. And why not? Stable doesn't pretend to be about reality; it's about faith, and while superficially that faith is identified as being of a particularly Catholic variety, the ultimate message of the film is that deep and abiding faith of any kind is a treasure that can create miracles (however one chooses to define them). Is that a message that everyone will accept as true? Absolutely not. But it's one that almost everyone WANTS to believe is true, and so Stable is a marvelous wish-fulfillment picture that should delight just about everyone. True, Henry Koster's direction does get a bit heavy-handed now and then, and the "fish out of water" aspects of Stable are occasionally pushed a bit too much, but these are relatively minor quibbles. Stable is fortunate to have Loretta Young and Celeste Holm as the leading nuns. Young is simply radiant, as was often her custom, and Holm] is a delightful balance to her. Throw in the amusingly eccentric {$Elsa Lanchester and a well-done turn from Thomas Gomez and the result is a festive and charming film.