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Going My Way (1944)

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Father Charles O'Mailey, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior.

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Leo McCarey

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Frank Butler (screenplay), Frank Cavett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Father Chuck O'Malley
Barry Fitzgerald ... Father Fitzgibbon
Frank McHugh ... Father Timothy O'Dowd
James Brown ... Ted Haines Jr.
Gene Lockhart ... Ted Haines Sr.
Jean Heather ... Carol James
Porter Hall ... Mr. Belknap
Fortunio Bonanova ... Tomaso Bozanni
Eily Malyon ... Mrs. Carmody
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ... Choir (as Robert Mitchell Boychoir)
Risë Stevens ... Genevieve Linden
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Storyline

Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy, but his level gaze and twinkling eyes make it clear that he knows he made the right choice. After joining a parish, O'Malley's worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of kids looking for direction and handle the business details of the church-building fund, winning over his aging, conventional superior, Father Fitzgibbon. Written by alfiehitchie

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Sing, Bing . . . . You're A Grand, Gay Guy In Your Greatest Picture ! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1947 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Weg zum Glück See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$16,300,000
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first ever film to have two actors win Academy Awards for their performances: Bing Crosby for Best Actor and Barry Fitzgerald for Best Supporting Actor. See more »

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Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
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Easy-going but long
14 February 2010 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

St. Dominic's Church is in financial trouble under the guidance of Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald) and so Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby) is sent by the bishop to turn things around. The two holy men work side by side but have a different approach to life - O'Malley's youthful outlook is not shared by Fitzgibbon. Fitzgibbon goes to the bishop to complain but ends up finding out the truth as to why O'Malley has been appointed. We follow the story of how fortune changes for St. Dominic's.

Bing is good as he breezes through the film in his likable manner but the star of the film is Barry Fitzgerald. He is excellent as a restrained grumpy old man who doesn't care for "Three Blind Mice". I think that the songs could have been better and the film definitely did not need an opera singer Genevieve (Rise Stevens) to sing a couple of songs in that fake way that only opera singers can by deliberately pronouncing every word so that it sounds wrong. For example "amen" becomes "aauurrmmiiin" - that kind of nonsense. The film goes on for too long, so, of course, it won an Oscar but there are better films that were made in 1944.......I could name about 30. However, it is a feelgood story that hooks you in from the beginning.


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