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Going My Way (3-May-1944)

Director: Leo McCarey

Writers: Frank Butler; Frank Cavett; Leo McCarey

Producer: Leo McCarey

Keywords: Musical

The newly-ordained Father Chuck O'Malley is assigned to the diminishing Roman Catholic parish of St. Dominic's, headed by the ageing and curmudgeonly Father Fitzgibbon. Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actor and Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Original Story, and Best Original Song, "Swinging on a Star", and additional nominations for Best Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. For the only time, Barry Fitzgerald was simultaneously nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for playing the same role; rules were modified to prevent this from recurring. Entered 2004 into the National Film Registry.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Fortunio Bonanova
13-Jan-1895 2-Apr-1969 Citizen Kane
Bing Crosby
3-May-1903 14-Oct-1977 White Christmas
Barry Fitzgerald
10-Mar-1888 14-Jan-1961 Going My Way
Porter Hall
19-Sep-1888 6-Oct-1953 Going My Way
Gene Lockhart
18-Jul-1891 31-Mar-1957 Algiers
Frank McHugh
23-May-1898 11-Sep-1981 The Roaring Twenties
Risë Stevens
11-Jun-1913 20-Mar-2013 Mezzo-Soprano at the Metropolitan Opera


Bing Crosby   ...   Fr. Chuck O'Malley
Barry Fitzgerald   ...   Fr. Fitzgibbon
Frank McHugh   ...   Fr. Timothy O'Dowd
James Brown   ...   Ted Haines, Jr.
Gene Lockhart   ...   Ted Haines, Sr.
Jean Heather   ...   Carol James
Porter Hall   ...   Mr. Belknap
Fortunio Bonanova   ...   Tomaso Bozanni
Eily Malyon   ...   Mrs. Carmody
Robert Mitchell Boy Choir   ...   Choir
Risė Stevens   ...   Genevieve Linden


Review by anonymous (posted on 22-Oct-2006)

This movie is the perfect example of what good, wholesome entertainment can be compared to the movies of today with their gore, violence, pornography....in a word "TRASH". It's as if what writing talent there used to be in Hollywood has now dried up and they have to rely on sensationalism. Imagination has died along with some of the best actors/actresses we have known. Movies like "Going My Way" had talented actors such as Bing Crosby, Rise Stevens, Gene Lockhart and it had a great story line to it as well. I never tire of watching this movie. It leaves you with a good feeling and wanting more. They didn't have to rely on foul language and nudity to get your attention. My husband and I haven't been to a movie theatre in years and have no intention of going until Hollywood cleans up its act! One question: In this movie at the end when Barry Fitzgerald's mother comes in (a tear jerker scene), was that really his mother or an actress? I've been wondering this for years!

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