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Going My Way

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.64 /10
Bing Crosby , Barry Fitzgerald (AAW best supporting actor, AAN best actor)
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Directed by: Leo McCarey
Written by: Frank Butler, Frank Cavett, Leo McCarey from story by Leo McCarey

Released: 1944
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 126

A new priest (Bing Crosby, pictured) rescues an ailing church and its old, stubborn curate (Barry Fitzgerald).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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One of the most popular films of the 40s, and it isn't hard to see why: it's good-hearted, entertaining, beautifully acted; and Leo McCarey's skilful direction keeps it, for the most part, from degenerating into schmaltz.

It still has a lot of charm, although its view of human nature seems unduly sunny, and there is a distinct lack of dramatic tension: on a fundamental level, it fails to give evil its due.

Its worst sin is that it was later recycled to produce such abominations as Sister Act I and II. Leroy Stone's editing and Lionel Lindon's photography were oscar-nominated, and the song Swingin' On a Star (Music and lyrics by James Van Heusen and Johnny Burke) was voted Best Song.

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