Going My Way (1944)

LEO MCCAREY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB. 

USA, 1944Paramount Pictures.  Story by Leo McCarey, Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Hans Dreier, .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Delightful musical about a kindhearted Irish American priest () trying to lift up the spirits of the street kids in his neighbourhood. He’s so laid back and easygoing a guy, he doesn’t even object to singing a song or two for the kiddies, even while tight assed superior  (who was so marvelous as to get two Academy Award nominations for the part, prompting an immediate rule change thereafter) disapproves of everything. The camaraderie between these two great performers is wonderful to watch, but the film is no milestone in storytelling:  it is pure, feel-good hokum that wins you over time and time again. Followed by a sequel The Bells of St. Mary’s, starring Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.

Academy Award:  Best Picture; Best Actor (Bing Crosby); Best Supporting Actor (Barry Fitzgerald); Best Director (Leo McCarey); Best Original Motion Picture Story; Best Screenplay; Best Song (“Swinging On A Star”)
Nominations: Best Actor (Barry Fitzgerald); Best Cinematography-BW; Best Film Editing

Golden Globe Awards:  Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor (Barry Fitzgerald); Best Director (Leo McCarey)

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