Going My Way

Going My Way

3.4 7
Director: Leo McCarey

Cast: Bing Crosby, Risë Stevens, Barry Fitzgerald

     
 

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It took some doing to persuade the staunchly Catholic Bing Crosby to play a happy-go-lucky priest in Going My Way; luckily he acquiesced, winning an Academy Award in the process. Crosby is cast as Father Chuck O'Malley, newly arrived at rundown, heavily in debt St. Dominic's Church. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), the cranky, set-in-his-ways curate of St.See more details below

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It took some doing to persuade the staunchly Catholic Bing Crosby to play a happy-go-lucky priest in Going My Way; luckily he acquiesced, winning an Academy Award in the process. Crosby is cast as Father Chuck O'Malley, newly arrived at rundown, heavily in debt St. Dominic's Church. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), the cranky, set-in-his-ways curate of St. Dominic's, is none too pleased with O'Malley's breezy, "modernistic" methods. Fitzgibbon is content to adhere to the policies he has followed for nearly 45 years. Without overtly challenging Fitzgibbon's authority (he likes the old buzzard, and the feeling is mutual), O'Malley sets about to win the confidence of the local street toughs, organizing the boys into an angelic church choir. He also forestalls the plans of St. Dominic's mortgage holder Ted Haines (Gene Lockhart) to evict Fitzgibbons by arranging a fundraising choir tour, to be headlined by O'Malley's childhood friend, opera star Genevieve Linden (Rise Stevens). When he's not coming to the rescue of St. Dominic's, O'Malley is smoothing the path of romance for Haines' son (James Brown) and orphaned Carol James (Jean Heather), and arranging for a reunion between Fitzgibbons and his nonagenarian Irish mother. There is sentiment by the bucketful in Going My Way, but director Leo McCarey sagaciously tempers the treacle with moments of genuine hilarity and several delightful (and seemingly spontaneous) musical interludes. In addition to Crosby, Oscars went to Barry Fitzgerald, Leo McCarey, screenwriters Frank Butler and Frank Cavett, and Burke and Van Heusen's song hit "Swingin' On a Star." Bing Crosby repeated his father O'Malley characterization in McCarey's 1945 sequel The Bells of St. Mary's.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Going My Way is a pure Hollywood feel-good movie, with enough social message and star performances thrown in to make it appear more substantial that it is. Nonetheless, it scores very high for avoiding the maudlin sappiness that has hindered many similar films, and there is true chemistry between the film's stars, Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. The film has high production values and interesting extras that enhance the story. For example, there are several fine musical sequences for Crosby, a major musical star who became an acting star. It is natural for him to sing, and the musical presence of Rise Stevens, an opera star of considerable stature, gives the film one of its finest moments. Going My Way was popular with both audiences and AMPAS, who gave it seven Oscars, including Best Picture and acting awards for Crosby and Fitzgerald.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
UPC:
0025193236920
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
1,731

Special Features

Exclusive introduction by Turner Classic Movies host and film historian Robert Osborne; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Father Chuck O'Malley
Risë Stevens Genevieve Linden
Barry Fitzgerald Father Fitzgibbon
Gene Lockhart Ted Haines, Sr.
Frank McHugh Father Timothy O'Dowd
James Brown Ted Haines, Jr.
Jean Heather Carol James
Eily Malyon Mrs. Carmody
Stanley Clements Tony Scaponi
Fortunio Bonanova Tomasso Bozzani
Anita Bolster Mrs. Quimp
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Herman Langerhanke Switzer
Porter Hall Mr. Belknap
Thomas P. Dillon Officer McCarthy
Sybil Lewis Maid at Opera House
Adeline Reynolds Mother Fitzgibbon
Jimmie Dundee Fireman
William Frawley Max Dolan
Martin Garralaga Zuniga
Julie Gibson Cab Driver
Gibson Gowland Parishioner
William Henry Doctor
Hugh Maguire Pitch Pipe
George McKay Mr. Van Heusen
Jack Norton Mr. Lilley
Robert Tafur Don Jose
Tom Dillon Police Officer
George Nokes Pee Wee

Technical Credits
Leo McCarey Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Frank R. Butler Screenwriter
Frank Cavett Screenwriter
John Cope Set Decoration/Design
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Dreier Art Director
William Flannery Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Lionel Lindon Cinematographer
Gene Merritt Set Decoration/Design
LeRoy Stone Editor
James VanHeusen Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup

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