May 3, 1944: Bing Crosby in Going My Way

“Sing, Bing . . . . You’re A Grand, Gay Guy In Your Greatest Picture!”

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Father Charles O’Mailey, a young priest at a financially failing Church in a tough neighborhood, gains support and inspires his superior. [IMDB]

Going My Way is an American musical comedy-drama film directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald. Based on a story by Leo McCarey, the film is about a new young priest taking over a parish from an established old veteran. Crosby sings five songs in the film. Going My Way was followed the next year by a sequel, The Bells of St. Mary’s.

Going My Way was the highest-grossing picture of 1944, and Cinema-US-05-03-1944was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning seven, including Best Picture. Its success helped to make movie exhibitors choose Crosby as the biggest box-office draw of the year, a record he would hold for the remainder of the 1940s. After World War II, Bing Crosby and Leo McCarey presented a copy of the motion picture to Pope Pius XII at the Vatican. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

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