Definition of a pleasant surprise. This was just lovely. This movie has such good intentions and you can tell that everyone had a great time while making it. The characters are fun and entertaining to watch, the music is wonderful and the tone is lighthearted and sweet. Even if it took about 40 minutes to really get going, it was a really nice movie. Bing Crosby deserved his Oscar for his singing alone.
Between 1942 to 1948, American films came out that focused on a handful of things: dying for your country, American pride and values, being aware of evildoing domestically, pacifist turned hero, and overly religious films, just to name a few. All of these types of films function as propaganda on one level or another to persuade the general American public at the time to get involved with what was going on in Europe, either actively or passively.
None of these scenes are in the original film version. In that film, the first we see of the couple is as they disembark from the carriage at their house on the square. We know about the crime that has been committed (in fact, in the earlier version, we actually see the crime), but not the couple. The later film version focuses on the couple. We can see their early happiness and see as Paula becomes increasingly forgetful, not remembering where things are or things that she might have done. The film keeps in quiet suspense about whether or not she is going mad.
Leo McCarey's sentimental 1944 film, \"Going My Way\" is a positive film that dealt with the problems of the inner city back when the term hadn't been coined. St. Dominic's Church is an oasis in the middle of the area that has seen better days. We realize how deeply in trouble the parish is from the start as Mr. Haines is trying to give Father Fitzgibbon an idea of how much he owes the bank and the fact the church will disappear soon.When Father Chuck O'Malley arrives at St. Dominic to try to save it from its uncertain future, Father Fitzgibbon doesn't have a clue the younger man is going to be over him in all matters of importance. Yet, Father O'Malley never steps over the older priest's shoes to make his rank felt.This film was shot after the more successful, and better made \"The Bells of St. Mary's\", but it was released earlier than the other film, probably to capitalize on Bing Crosby's popularity. The film, in fact, is a showcase for Mr. Crosby, who was a likable actor and singer. He has good opportunities in the movie.As good as Mr. Crosby was in the film, Barry Fitzgerald steals the movie with his Father Fitzgibbon. Mr. Fitzgerald's crusty priest was one of the best creations of his long career. Frank McHugh, another excellent character actor of the era is seen as Father O'Dowd. Gene Lockhart also has a small role as the money man, Mr. Haines. Rise Stevens, the soprano is seen and heard in the film singing in her inimitable style.The film is a classic that should be seen during the holidays, as it brings cheer and hope to everyone lucky enough to catch a screening of it during Christmas.
\"Stella!\" \"I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!\" \"Snap out of it!\" \"You had me at hello.\" Dozens of the most memorable and quotable lines from motion pictures will share the 79th Academy Awards poster canvas with Oscar. 59ce067264