Going My Way

1944, Musical, 2h 10m

31 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald are eminently likable, and film is pleasantly sentimental, but Going My Way suffers from a surplus of sweetness. Read critic reviews

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Father Charles O'Malley (Bing Crosby) is an easy-going, golf-playing young priest whose entry into a tough neighborhood parish in midtown Manhattan is viewed with skepticism from all quarters, especially the aging Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald). While dealing with some unfinished business from his former life in the form of an old flame who now sings at the Metropolitan Opera (Rise Stevens), Father O'Malley inspires the youth of his parish by forming a boys choir.

Cast & Crew

Bing Crosby
Father Chuck O'Malley
Barry Fitzgerald
Father Fitzgibbon
Rise Stevens
Genevieve Linden
Gene Lockhart
Ted Haines Sr.
Frank McHugh
Father Timothy O'Dowd
James L. Brown
Ted Haines Jr.
Jean Heather
Carol James
Stanley Clements
Tony Scaponi (uncredited)
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
Herman Langerhanke (uncredited)
Porter Hall
Mr. Belknap
Frank Butler
Screenwriter
Frank Cavett
Screenwriter
Jimmy Van Heusen
Original Music
Lionel Lindon
Cinematographer
LeRoy Stone
Film Editor
Hans Dreier
Art Direction
William Flannery
Art Direction
Stephen Seymour
Set Decoration
Edith Head
Costume Designer
Wally Westmore
Makeup Artist
Alvin Ganzer
Assistant Director
John Cope
Sound Recordist
Gene Merritt
Sound Recordist
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Critic Reviews for Going My Way

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Audience Reviews for Going My Way

  • Jul 11, 2018
    Der Bingle burbles bubbly as a bouncy and hip priest sent in to Hail Mary a losing parish. Barry Fitzgerald plays the cantankerous older curmudgeon already running things, unaware that time has passed him by. There's nary a sermon in hearing, but plenty of singing to solve whatever problems that might show up in this lighthearted romp that gave the befuddled audiences of the day exactly the assurance they must've needed in the face of the burgeoning youth demographic. Not bad.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2015
    Cool performance by Bing Crosby in an otherwise slow film.
    Jared H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2013
    Sentimental but a bit dull. This is the film to see with the kids at Christmas if you don't want them exposed to the least bit of stress. Crosby is not offensive but you wish he could be ever so slightly.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2013
    Made with good intentions and featuring honest performances from Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald, "Going My Way" is sadly just too maudlin and much too long to be considered a good film. If anything, it's worth watching because of its place in film history as a Best Picture winner, its amiable characters and because of Bing Crosby's chart topper, "Swinging on a Star," but other than that, it's poorly-paced, overlong by a good half hour and just way too nice.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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