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Going My Way

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Released

1944

Runtime

126

Going My Way

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What's it About

When easygoing Catholic priest Father O'Malley (Crosby) arrives at St. Dominics, a rundown church heavily in debt, he faces a disillusioned congregation and the decidedly downbeat attitude of its elder curate, Father Fitzgibbon (Fitzgerald). Through the magic of song and positive thinking, OMalley raises spirits all around and ultimately rescues the beleaguered parish.

Why we love it

Though not focused on Christmas, McCareys Going My Way exudes holiday spirit and was a smashing box-office success in its day. Crosby, a staunch Catholic himself, is pure gold as Father OMalley, a young priest who injects hope and purpose into a fading congregation, while Fitzgerald creates the perfect counterpoint playing his crusty superior. Both actors won Oscars, as did the film, thanks to writer-director McCareys assured direction. Moving rather than maudlin, Going My Way is a sentimental favorite.

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