Skip to main content
Going My Way Movie Poster
Plot, Details & Awards

Going My Way

PG-13 In Theaters 05/2/1944 , 126min.
Share this movie on

Plot & Details

It took some doing to persuade the staunchly Catholic Bing Crosby to play a happy-go-lucky priest in Going My Way; luckily he acquiesced, winning an Academy Award in the process. Crosby is cast as Father Chuck O'Malley, newly arrived at rundown, heavily in debt St. Dominic's Church. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), the cranky, set-in-his-ways curate of St. Dominic's, is none too pleased with O'Malley's breezy, "modernistic" methods. Fitzgibbon is content to adhere to the policies he has followed for nearly 45 years. Without overtly challenging Fitzgibbon's authority (he likes the old buzzard, and the feeling is mutual), O'Malley sets about to win the confidence of the local street toughs, organizing the boys into an angelic church choir. He also forestalls the plans of St. Dominic's mortgage holder Ted Haines (Gene Lockhart) to evict Fitzgibbons by arranging a fundraising choir tour, to be headlined by O'Malley's childhood friend, opera star Genevieve Linden (Rise Stevens). When he's not coming to the rescue of St. Dominic's, O'Malley is smoothing the path of romance for Haines' son (James Brown) and orphaned Carol James (Jean Heather), and arranging for a reunion between Fitzgibbons and his nonagenarian Irish mother. There is sentiment by the bucketful in Going My Way, but director Leo McCarey sagaciously tempers the treacle with moments of genuine hilarity and several delightful (and seemingly spontaneous) musical interludes. In addition to Crosby, Oscars went to Barry Fitzgerald, Leo McCarey, screenwriters Frank Butler and Frank Cavett, and Burke and Van Heusen's song hit "Swingin' On a Star." Bing Crosby repeated his father O'Malley characterization in McCarey's 1945 sequel The Bells of St. Mary's.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Won
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing LeRoy Stone Nominated
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actor Bing Crosby Won
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Black and White Cinematography Lionel Lindon Nominated
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Leo McCarey Won
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Story Leo McCarey Won
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Jimmy Van Heusen Won
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Barry Fitzgerald Won
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay Frank R. Butler Won
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay Frank Cavett Won
1944 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Johnny Burke Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1944 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Leo McCarey Won
1944 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Barry Fitzgerald Won
1944 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture Won

Film Daily

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1944 Film Daily 10 Best Films Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1944 National Board of Review Best Acting Bing Crosby Won
1944 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1944 New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Won
1944 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actor Barry Fitzgerald Won
1944 New York Film Critics Circle Best Director Leo McCarey Won

New York Times

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1944 New York Times 10 Best Films Won

Photoplay

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1944 Photoplay 10 Best Films Won

Stay Connected with Moviefone

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Subscriptions

Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts

Movies

You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.


    Update settings
    X