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Going My Way
- Michael Whitty
In the sentimental way of priests, Bing Crosby as the younger Father O"Malley and Barry Fitzgerald as the older Father Fitzgibbon get paired in a New York Catholic parish as the younger priest has to gradually takeover. the younger priest has to make sense of the neighborhood kids and the music he knows. This was one of the better religious films of the 40s and it won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, supporting actor, screenplay and even inspired a good sequel- "The Bells of St.Mary's". Crosby gets to show off his music skills and even sells a song with some local talent. "Going My Way" came out just after "Song of Bernadette" during the war years as the world needed the religious story then.
In my opinion Bing Crosby was the best singing voice ever in films. His rich bass-baritone in films like this one and 'Holiday Inn' were beyond compare. I don't count Mario Lanza as he was an operatic tenor and in a totally different class. A great actor doesn't play the part, he BECOMES the part. Bing was Father O'Malley and Barry Fitzgerald was Father Fitzgibbons. Favorite parts were Bing 'teaching' the boys to sing, William Frawley listening to the group, 'Swinging On A Star' and of course, the last scene. This is a fantastic film and well deserving of all the awards and accolades. It touches the heart. Alice is so right. A film like this could not be made today, nor could 90% of the great films shown here on TCM. No '42nd Street' or 'Singing In the Rain.' No 'Casablanca' or 'Maltese Falcon.' BUT, thanks to TCM we have these moments to remember!
Can you imagine?
Can you imagine this film, done this way, in this day and time, winning the number of oscars and enjoying the same public acclaim as this one did in 1944? How sad a statement that is for our time. I'm so very glad for the segment of our population who still loves this kind of film with its values, and yes, it's "schmaltz". What a pleasure it is to sit, relax , and simply enjoy a film like this one with its great story, that is so well told and sung. Oh TCM, please keep showing all these wonderful classics that are irreplaceable treasures. Thank you for being on the air. Keep doing what you are doing. Thank you.
One of my all-time favorites!
- Dale R
I've seen this movie literally dozens of times since I was a kid. The ending when the older priest's 90-year-old mother (who he hasn't seen in 46 years) appears while the choir sings "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra" just destroys me every time. Schmaltzy it may be, but I can't remember a sweeter, more tender (yet wordless) moment in all the movies ever made.
Great Sunday Movie
This was a great Sunday matinee movie, and I didn't have to go to church. Bing Crosby did a great job, He took this role an just ran away with it so effortlessly, I was very moved. I 've been watching TCM for the past 20 years, I also enjoy the fact that I can watch your wonderful movies without a hundred commercials. Thank you TCM... Your the cats meow.
Cool Crosby and Hot Heather
- Jeff Boston
The #1 movie of '44; its sequel the #1 movie of '45 (good to have God, a great source of strength when our country was fighting man-over-God Germany and Japan). Bing was the thing in the crooning 40's, being the #1 movie star in the decade's 2nd half, the decade's #1 singer, and having the #1 selling song of all-time (by far) with "White Christmas" in 1942 (and 1954's #1 movie). I like Bing's zing "You even throw like an atheist," voiced on screen when Hollywood had God, and love the heavenly Jean Heather, poised on screen when Hollywood had goddesses.
Not a movie I would consider to be great, but if you love light-hearted, feel-good movies that are fun to watch, I would strongly recommend this one.
A True Classic
Going My Way is a feel good movie for all times and each generation. Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald are a classic team that can never be equaled or duplicated. My highest recommendation
Este filme timo. Going my way um filme para relaxar e um timo entreterimento familiar. Eu adoro este filme.
Going My Way
An excellent cast! A good story line. Great family entertainment! A classic that should not be forgotten.
Going My Way
- Jeanne St. John
This is a great movie for all ages. A good story. The end is the best part.
Winner of seven academy awards.
One of the best movies i've seen. Won...Best picturebest actor (bing crosby) best supportig actor (barry fitzgerald)best director (leo mcCarey)best song (swingin' on a star)best screenplaybest story
Great Irish Schmaltz
- Ann Brown
"Going My Way" is really a love story (in the purest sense) between two Irish Catholic priests, one at the end of his calling, and one at the beginning. Barry Fitzgerald's weath of charm gently explodes from the screen as he grows to appreciate his new assistant. Bing Crosby gives a compelling performace as the assitant who is really in charge. The talent of both actors, plus a talented supporting cast make the the sometimes incredible story work. Don't miss this and bring your hankie - you'll need it.
This classic movie should not be forgotten
Going My Way is a well done movie in all areas. It should be around so that the future generations can compare a good movie then with one now. There are common factors: good directing, great actors, music, etc. The times are different now but it still portrays a great message for all of us.