Youthful Father Chuck O’Malley (Bing Crosby) led a colourful life before joining the Roman Catholic clergy. After being appointed to a run-down New York parish, O’Malley’s worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of boys, eventually winning over the ageing parish priest (Barry Fitzgerald).
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McCarey inserts things at random, seems to forget about them, then returns to them and links them to other plot elements to solve problems or create fresh ones. It’s still not a very sophisticated story, but it has a little more design than at first appears.
It swept the Oscars over "Double Indemnity." As outrageous as that sounds, if you watch "Going My Way" with an open mind, you can see why it was such a hit. It just barely skirts overt sentimentality and has a low-key humor. Barry Fitzgerald helps a lot. Make no mistake. It should not have won the Oscar over "Double Indemnity."
Going My Way, has a nice charm to it that makes it worthy of a classic! If only all priest could be as spirited as Bing Crosby's Father O'Malley! With a wonderful support of Barry Fitzgerald, this movie is a new favorite!
The elements of this that constitute an exploration of an older, immigrant priest struggling with depression, and being supported by his utterly self-confident young colleague, are very interesting (minus the sentimentality). Double Indemnity is a film which tells of the mean ugliness of human beings, so I'm not surprised that the Academy picked this instead. It's similar to the Kings Speech/Social Network divide.
Nice film, but a bit by the numbers and pushes the religion a bit too far now and then. Still, one of the better Crosby films I have seen (never a huge fan), likely due to the supporting cast including Fitzgerald (a huge fan! love his work in Quiet Man, Naked City, etc). Billed as a musical, but really just a faith story with some songs. Worth a look. Apparently they made a sequel.
At least 20 minutes too long, this is largely sanctimonious schmaltz combined with some indifferent musical numbers. Nevertheless there are still moments of considerable power, thanks largely to the excellent work between Fitzgerald and Crosby. McCarey's direction is unassuming and subtle, allowing for nuance in the character interaction and there is an interesting melancholy atmosphere that underpins the whole.
A religious cousin to "It’s a wonderful life". It has Bing Crosby singing and the best moments are with the priests but the film would actually have been better had it ditched all singing supporting characters and focused only on them instead.