Title: Going My Way
Director: Leo McCarey
Original Release: 1944
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Bing won a Best Actor Oscar for the film but we all know you don't cast the Once in a Century Voice for his thespian talents. He sings five songs in all. "Swinging on a Star" was the Oscar winner but "Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ra" is the one that makes your heart melt. Then again, he may not even be the best singer in the picture. World class mezzo Risë Stevens darn near steals the movie as Genevieve Linden, Father Chuck's one-time girlfriend, now Metropolitan Opera diva. My favorite scene is the one in which she discovers her old beau's new profession.
Going My Way is an undeniably sweet movie. One can easily see why audiences and critics ate it up in the late-War era. For the musical performances alone, it's a worthy classic. I don't know if I'd ever be up for a full repeat viewing but there are a few scenes I can see cherry-picking from time to time.
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