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Going My Way (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 2 October 1944 (Brazil)
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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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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Comedy | Drama | Music | Musical

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$16,300,000
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Risë Stevens' character Genevieve Linden plays the title role in "Carmen" at the Metropolitan Opera in 1944. Ms. Stevens would not make her debut in this role at the Metropolitan until December 28, 1945. See more »

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Directly after the first rendition of "Going My Way", the shadow of the boom mic can be seen moving on the church wall behind father Fitzgibbon and Miss Linden. See more »

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Father Fitzgibbons: A golf course is nothing but a poolroom moved outdoors.
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Referenced in Yolanda and the Thief (1945) See more »

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That's an Irish Lullaby
(Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral) (1914) (uncredited)
Music by J.R. Shannon
English lyrics by J.R. Shannon
French lyrics by André Hornez
Sung a cappella by Bing Crosby
Reprised by The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir near the end
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Going A Wonderful Way
8 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

Poignant and deeply moving best describe this Oscar winning film of 1944.

Progressive Priest, Father O'Malley, is sent to a run-down parish to improve things. There he meets the conservative priest, played in a memorable performance, by Barry Fitzgerald. The two will come into conflict.

O'Malley will deal with an abundance of church problems. He helps deprived children. His rendition of the songs Going My Way and Swinging on a Star is memorable. The latter won the best song of the year award.

As the loving fathers, both Crosby and Fitzgerald won Oscars in the best acting and supporting acting categories. Interestingly, Fitzgerald had been nominated for best actor as well.

The ending will not allow for a dry eye in the house. That is guaranteed.

There is poverty all around but love conquers that. O'Malley quietly leaving the parish for his next assignment is memorable as well.


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