O'Malley next pays a visit to Carol, who is now suspected of living in sin with Ted Haines Jr. (James Brown), the son of the church's mortgage-holder, Ted Haines Sr. (Gene Lockhart). On this visit, O’Malley describes to the young couple his calling in life to “go his way,” which to him means to follow after the joyous side of religion and lead others to do the same. He performs for them the song “Going My Way,” which he wrote on this theme.

The noise of the practicing choir annoys Fitzgibbon, who finally decides to go to the bishop and ask for O’Malley to be transferred away. In the course of the conversation, Fitzgibbon infers the bishop’s intention to put O’Malley in charge of the parish. To avoid an uncomfortable situation, instead of making his initial request, Fitzgibbon asks the bishop to put O’Malley in charge, and then, resigned to his fate of losing control over the church, he informs O’Malley of his new role.

It offers, in the performance of nutcracker-faced, 56-year-old Barry Fitzgerald, the finest, funniest and most touching portrayal of old age that has yet reached the screen.

Thank you! Loved it – and Crosby’s dignified acting – not sure about the Best Actor award though! Would you specifically recommend movies – any genre; or do I simply go with the sites’ ratings. Thanks again

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In 2004, Going My Way was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

A distressed Fitzgibbon then runs away, leading to a search. He returns late at night, and as O’Malley puts the older priest to bed, the two begin to bond. They discuss Fitzgibbon’s long-put-off desire to go to Ireland and see his mother, whom he's not seen since he left Ireland as a young priest to come to America, and who is now over 90. O’Malley puts Fitzgibbon to sleep with an Irish lullaby, “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral”.

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The ‘Benevolent Helper’ archetype identified above survives only in the person of Morgan Freeman, and I think it took its last stab at viability with Will Smith in The Legend of Bagger Vance.

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Freeman so thoroughly embodies that nerve impulse in audience response that he’s the defacto voice of God (speaking of aspirational figures).

Although writer/producer/director Leo McCarey bagged three Oscars for this effortless piece of Catholic whimsy, its enduring charm rests with the Oscar-winning performances of Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald.

A tradition my Dad and I have shared for years at Christmas. Wonderful memories of a time when movies were innocent.

It makes you feel happy. And that's not nothing.

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correction: Capra did not work with Laurel and Hardy. It was in fact McCarey who wrote and/or directed a number of the duo’s best known films.

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Going My Way is a 1944 American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young priest taking over a parish from an established old veteran. Crosby sings five songs in the film.[2] Going My Way was followed the next year by a sequel, The Bells of St. Mary's.

N.B.: 1944 was the first year in Academy Award history to winnow down the number of Best Picture nominees to five. It was previously at ten. The number of nominees would remain at five all the way until 2009. Having been raised with the five-only rule, it feels more natural to me.

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I imagine aspiring clergymen look at Fr. O’Malley the same way parents look at Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. He is, in many ways, an ideal of that position. Someone who seems to naturally understand the pain an injustices of the modern world, and seems to be able to face them all with a dignified smile and a natural need to help. Although in Fr. O’Malley’s case, he’s also quick with a song, a cup of tea, and a kindly piece of advice you never knew you needed.

In the seventeenth week of Witney Seibold’s quest to watch and write about every Best Picture winner, he finds a sweet and sentimental (and now-dead) form of storytelling in Leo McCarey’s Going My Way.

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Going My Way (1944)

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Father Charles “Chuck” O’Malley (Bing Crosby), an incoming priest from East St. Louis, arrives in New York City with an unconventional style that will transform the parish life of St. Dominic’s Church.

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A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

Major thread of gaiety runs through the proceedings, and McCarey has liberally sprinkled sparkling individual episodes along the way for cinch audience reaction.

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