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Going My Way ~ with Bing Crosby

Updated on July 11, 2017

7 Oscar Awards Classic Movie

Get out the popcorn, turn down the lights and curl up in your favorite easy chair as you watch one of the best movies Bing Crosby ever made. Well, it may be my opinion, but after reading this classic movie review I hope it's yours as well.

Going My Way was first released on May 3rd, 1944 and quickly made its way into the hearts of millions of people.

Stay tuned for a glimpse of this award winning film staring Bing Crosby as Father Chuck O'Malley, the young fiesty, modern day priest who is sent to take over a parish that is in finiancial crisis. Going My Way is sure to become a favorite of a whole new generation.

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You've Probably Seen Holiday Inn (Trailer)

White Christmas (Trailer) almost for sure...

But have you ever seen Going My Way? - Watch the trailer of this 7 Oscar Award Winning Best Seller

Going My Way written by Frank Butler and Frank Cavett runs about 2hrs and ten minutes. Leo McCarey produced and directed the film. Other cast includes Barry Fitzgerald (Father Fitzgibbon), Frank McHugh (Father Timothy O'Dowd), James Brown (Ted Haines Jr.).

Going My Way - Movie Trailer

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Going My Way

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Bing Crosby - Singer or Actor?

Is Bing a better singer or actor? Which do you think?

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Going My Way

Maybe you've seen Holiday Inn or White Christmas, but have you seen Going My Way?

  • 54% Yes
  • 38% No
  • 8% May have but didn't know that's what it was called.

13 people have voted in this poll in the past.

TransplantedSoul 5 years ago wrote: a better singer. And it also soundes lie he was a better singer/actor then "nice person".

anonymous 5 years ago wrote: I grew up loving Bing Crosby and his always niceness in movies as a family but I'd have to say the singing was his greater gifting.

julieannbrady 5 years ago wrote: This is surely a tough debate! He did both well, I think. But, now that I've gotten older, I'd say singer. He was one of the true crooners.

An Irish Lullaby

Some of the best songs came from this film. - Irish Lullaby

One of my favortie scenes in the film is when Bing Crosby sings "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra" to Barry Fitzgerald (Father Fitzgibbon). Even though I'm not Irish, when he sings this song it makes takes me back to my childhood and times spent with family.

This scene is a perfect seed for the ending of the story; I'd tell you but don't want to ruin it for you. I can share this however, it makes me cry every time!

Clip From the 1944 Oscar-winning film "Going My Way".

Bing Crosby sings "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ra"

(Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral) That's An Irish Lullaby Vintage Sheet Music from "Going My Way"

Overview

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Going My Way Quick Review

Is this multiple Oscar winning film a must see?

Father Chuck O'Malley (played by Bing Crosby), has just been assigned to take over at St. Dominic's Parish. The “old-school” Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald) has been in charge at St. Dominic's for the past forty-five years, and O'Malley does not want to hurt the old man's pride or feelings by taking that away from him.

O'Malley finds ways to help the struggling church by working on their financial shortcomings and reforming a rag-tag gang of boys into a choir. It becomes a constructive experience for the boys who were well known for general mischief and even stealing turkeys.

Meanwhile, Father Fitzgibbon still thinks that he is head of the church.  However, when he finds out that the Bishop has sent O'Malley to replace him, the news breaks his heart and he decides to run away.  After a friendly policeman brings the elderly priest home in the middle of a rain storm, Father O'Malley is able to persuade him that he is still vital to the Parish and they team up to turn things around.

Going My Way has a heart warming ending that will cause audiences to laugh and cry.  A must see film.  

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Going My Way video clip

Going My Way Theme Song

In this video clip Bing sings the Oscar Winning song titled the same as the film, "Going My Way."

A few more tidbits to note, Leo McMcCare directed this classic movie and the title track was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke.

Going My Way Fountain Scene

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Father Chuck O'Malley (played by Bing Crosby) and Father Fitzgibbon
(Barry Fitzgerald) at the bird bath fountain outside St. Dominic's Parish.

Going My Way Movie Poster

For those who are fans, you can own a part of award winning history with this Going My Way 27x40 poster starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, and Rise Stevens.

It is also a great gift for any movie buff.

Would you like to swing on a star? I think I might like that.

Swinging on A Star Clip - Bing sings with the children in this film.

The great classic "Swinging on a Star" (written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke) as sung by Bing Crosby and the boy's chorus of the movie "Going My Way."

Swinging on a Star sung by Bing Crosby from the film.

Swinging on a Star Vintage Sheet Music from "Going My Way"

Going My Way - FYI

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Going My Way FYI

Going My Way was turned into a radio play on the January 8, 1945, broadcast of The Screen Guild Theater starring Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald and Paul Lukas. It was also adapted on the May 3, 1954, broadcast of Lux Radio Theater with Barry Fitzgerald.

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".

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Father O'Malley & the Cast of Going My Way

Father Chuck O'Malley (played by Bing Crosby), Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald) and Rise Stevens (as Genevieve Linden) pose for a Going My Way snapshot.

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Going My Way Star Cast

Bing Crosby as Father Chuck O'Malley

Barry Fitzgerald as Father Fitzgibbon

Frank McHugh as Father Timothy O'Dowd

James Brown as Ted Haines, Jr.

Gene Lockhart as Ted Haines, Sr.

Risë Stevens as Genevieve Linden

Jean Heather as Carol James

Porter Hall as Mr. Belknap

Fortunio Bonanova as Tomaso Bozanni

Eily Malyon as Mrs. Carmody

Stanley Clements as Tony Scaponi

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer as Herman Langer

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And the Award goes to... - The film, nominated for 10 Academy Awards, won 7 Oscars:

Movie Facts

Oscar history was made in this film when Barry Fitzgerald was nominated in both the leading and supporting actor categories for the same role, that of Father Fitzgibbon.

This was the first and only time that this has ever been achieved by an actor. (The Academy’s rules have since changed, preventing actors from being nominated in different categories for the same role.) Bing Crosby won in the lead actor category and Fitzgerald won for supporting actor.

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5 Star Review Every Time!

Run time: 2 hours 7 minutes

Released in 1944 by Universal Studios

Going My Way (single movie)

Going My Way & Holiday Inn Double Feature Classic Film

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DOUBLE FEATURECLASSICS Going My Way and Holiday Inn.

This irresistible Oscar winner from writer-director Leo McCarey (An Affair to Remember another one of my favorites) stars Bing Crosby as a low-key, crooning priest who joins the parish of a no-nonsense but sweet old Irish man of the cloth (Barry Fitzgerald). While Bing turns local toughs into a choir, the elder priest worries over the church building fund and whether he'll get a chance to see his old mother back in Ireland before she dies.

Holiday Inn

A Christmas-season favorite from 1942 teamed Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire as entertainers (and rival suitors of Marjorie Reynolds) running an inn that is only open on holidays. The Irving Berlin numbers (each one connected to a different holiday) are winners, with Crosby's warm performance of "White Christmas".

 

Sheet Music & Prints - Vintage Rare Finds

Finding sheet music can be difficult, especially from old films. I was able to find a few pieces that you might enjoy playing or may want to add to a favorite collection of vintage songs.

If you are looking for a few rare photos, take a look at these.

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Dual Movie Album Cover

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Going My Way is one of my favorites. - Which is your favorite Bing Crosby film?

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      I never saw that one. I didn't know he won 7 awards.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice to stop by here again and have the memories that Going My Way holds for me from childhood. - Blessed!

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens dedicated to Bing Crosby.

      Thumbs up for your great work and choice!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      My husband and I love Crosby's movies. He was a great singer.

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      SharpLee 5 years ago

      I've seen most of the "Road Shows" with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, and I loved them. i would like to see this show, too. I think Bing Crosby is a wonderful singer.

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      I love old movies in general - they have a great feel to them. Not sure if Bing is one of my favourites.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      Those old Crosby movies, like Going My Way and others, are a joy to watch so I watch them every time they're on TV. Loved the lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great lens, thanks

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Funny you ask, I just watched that movie a few days ago on cable TV.

      Really enjoyed it.

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      silloftheworld lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for linking to my Fred Astaire dance partner lens. I've added Going My Way to my list of movies to see - the Youtube videos are lovely. Aside from his work with Astaire and some solo performances, I'm not yet familiar with Bing Crosby's work. I do love his singing voice.

      By the way another movie I'd recommend for you if you haven't seen it already (and this is totally unrelated to Crosby) is Lilies of the Field, with Sidney Poitier, about a drifter who winds up working for a group of nuns living in the southwestern US desert. It's a beautiful film. Maybe you've seen it already (or even done a lens on it), but I thought it worth mentioning.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm wondering how many times I saw Going My Way growing up, it was often a Saturday afternoon movie feature, I'd say its up there with my favorite Bing Crosby films but I haven't seen any for years, we lost him about 30 years or so ago I believe but what a legacy!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've not seen this one, but I'll definitely put it on the list! I think my favorite is probably White Christmas. Great lens!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Gosh, I can't pick just one favorite film! Too many good ones. P.S. You asked about the video module? I see you are using it already. YouTube = you can select to have YouTube pull videos that match your keyword(s) ... select 5 or 10.

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