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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

Writers:

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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In love with love! Jim Brown and Jean Heather! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1944 (Brazil) 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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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies. See more »

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In the scene in Carol's apartment, when father O'Malley enters you can see a crew member's hand close the door behind him. See more »

Quotes

Ted Haines Jr.: He wants to tear down the church and make a parking lot out of it. Can you imagine it? He's a very disliked man. I'm sort of following in his footsteps.
Father Chuck O'Malley: Junior, hmm?
Ted Haines Jr.: Yeah.
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Alternate Versions

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Referenced in The McLean Stevenson Show: Going His Way (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Going My Way
(1944)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Played on piano and Sung by Bing Crosby
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When Priests Were The Good Guys
2 March 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

It's always been strange for a movie buff like me to see how things change over the decades. In the 1940s and 1950s, Catholic priests were the good guys and likable actors like Pat O'Brien, Spencer Tracy and even Bing Crosby made them even more attractive. Since the '60s, Hollywood went in the opposite direction and made them villains more than anything else.

Frankly, I never found a nun who looked like Ingrid Bergman or Audrey Hepburn, or a priest who could sing like Bing Crosby, but, what the hell, er heck....better to see a positive cleric image than a negative, I believe.

The first hour of this movie was very good and the film might have wound up a favorite of mine but the second half petered out quickly and never regained steam, except for a nice ending. The films bogs down with a romance that has nothing to do with the story. The music also lost its appeal to me when Crosby's fine voice was finished for the film, replaced by the operatic high notes of Rise Stevens.

Overall, the film has a number of nice, touching moments and Crosby is very likable but the story goes on too long and is not one I would watch a second time.


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