Going My Way/Holiday Inn
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Going My Way When young Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby) arrives at St. Dominic's, old Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald) doesn't think much of the church's newest member. These two priests simply can't agree. But when O'Malley's fresh methods succeed in reaching out to the neighborhood's toughest kids, the community starts to change. The neighborhood becomes closer as the church's meaning grows dearer to their souls. Holiday Inn This is the film where audiences first heard the now classic Academy Award-winning song "White Christmas." This is the story about two talented pals, a singer (Bing Crosby) and a dancer (Fred Astaire) who compete for the affections of the same pretty lady (Virginia Dale). But when she dumps them both, the singer comes up with the idea of running a tavern that's open only on holidays.
Going My Way
This irresistible Oscar winner from writer-director Leo McCarey (An Affair to Remember) stars Bing Crosby as a low-key, crooning priest who joins the parish of a no-nonsense but sweet old Irish man of the cloth (Barry Fitzgerald). While Bing turns local toughs into a choir, the elder priest worries over the church building fund and whether he'll get a chance to see his old mother back in Ireland before she dies. One would have to have a heart of stone not to be won over by this charmer, with a lovely ending guaranteed to make you bawl for a week. --Tom Keogh
This perennial, Christmas-season favorite from 1942 teamed Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire as entertainers (and rival suitors of Marjorie Reynolds) running an inn that is only open on holidays. It's a great excuse for lots of singing and dancing, seamlessly wrapped in a catchy story, and Astaire's frequent director Mark Sandrich (Top Hat, Shall We Dance) doesn't let us down. The Irving Berlin numbers (each one connected to a different holiday) are winners, with Crosby's warm performance of "White Christmas" a movie touchstone. --Tom Keogh
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First, Holiday Inn... It's been decades since I saw it, so my memory was very foggy. The Kidlet had never seen the movie at all and was a bit, um, well, surprised to see Fred Astaire in that sort of role -- we're used to seeing him as the hero. Royal Wedding comes to mind as a show were he's just a genuine good-guy. In Holiday Inn he's giving Bing a horrible time what with a pretty girl, and trying to steal her away. The car scene is a classic -- you'll enjoy it. All in all, the movie is a nice one, a good story, with WONDERFUL songs. We enjoyed it.
Going My Way was the one that caused me concern. Other reviewers had mentioned tears, and, well, I just wasn't in the mood for a tear-jerker movie. WOW, was I ever wrong. It's the most heart-warming, wonderful, nice and terrific show I've seen in practically forever. I'm so glad I got to see it.
So, break out a bowl of peanuts, and snuggle up while watching these two classics. You'll be glad you did.
The teacher? Enter Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby), the good Samaritan sent by the Bishop to help the aged Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald). His mission is to rid St. Dominic of its debts and at the same time provide pastoral care to the inner-city youth and their families. Through his wit, musical talent and baseball gab, he is successful in turning it all around. Okay, so it sounds a bit too simplistic to believe by today's standards. Nevertheless, it's still a valuable moral lesson that's well worth emulating.
On the comedic side, look for the scenes involving Crosby and Fitzgerald. The chemistry between these two is undeniably magical. Among the scenes to watch are the ones involving the hot turkey, hedgerow, rain-drenched Fr. Fitzgibbon and golf game. Particularly touching is Fr. O'Malley arranging to have Fr. Fitzgibbon's 90 year old mother brought from Ireland to visit her son. Again, some might find this sort of thing a tad schmaltzy, but that's what makes this such a wonderful film.
I suppose this is why it won seven academy awards, including Best Actor (Bing Crosby), Best Supporting Actor (Barry Fitzgerald) and Best Song ("Singing On A Star").
Bundled on this DVD is another classic, "Holiday Inn", starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Virgina Dale and Majorie Reynolds. It's one of those old-time Hollywood song-and-dance films with the legendary crooner and hoofer. And sing and dance they do while winning over the girls at a bed-and-breakfast type inn called the Holiday Inn. No, this isn't the renowned hotel chain, Holiday Inn. But the movie title was the inspiration for this establishment.
In this movie, Fred Astaire's former partner Bing Crosby retires to the country life on a farm, but soon learns he's not cut out to be a farmer. So he decides to supplement his income by staging shows only and during the holidays in his country estate, hence the name Holiday Inn. Fred Astaire choreographs some rather ingenious scenes while feigning inebriation on New Year's Eve and tapping to the rhythm of firecrackers on Independence Day. While Bing sings 15 Irving Berlin songs, including his hit "White Christmas". It's a clever premise and a delightful result at that!
For an evening of nostalgia to gladden the heart, these two Crosby films will do nicely. Best of all, you will get two truly enjoyable movies for the price of one.
"Going My Way": A tuneful film that just tugs at your heartstrings. The role of Father O'Malley, the progressive priest that is sent to straighten out the troubled New York parish, fits the easy-going Bing Crosby like a fine suit. Barry Fitzgerald as the curmudgeonly Father Fitzgibbon is not only one of the most indelible characters in film history but also one of the most lovable. This film just floats on good vibes. Five stars.
"Holiday Inn": Thoroughly engaging musical about a jilted singer (Crosby) who opens an inn that only caters to the holiday crowd. Good comic rivalry between Crosby and his former partner(Fred Astaire). Astaire's dance routines are poetry in motion and it doesn't even look like he's trying. I'd like to re-iterate what a previous reviewer said about Marjorie Reynolds being effervescent here as the girl that the boys battle over. I've never seen Reynolds in anything else that I can recall and I'd like to know why. Needless to say, classic score by Irving Berlin. One thing that would give pause to a modern audience is a production number commemmorating Lincoln's birthday done in blackface. Five Stars.
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