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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.

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Father Chuck O'Malley
Father Fitzgibbon
Father Timothy O'Dowd
Ted Haines Jr.
Ted Haines Sr.
Carol James
Mr. Belknap
Tomaso Bozanni
Mrs. Carmody
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ...
Choir (as Robert Mitchell Boychoir)
Genevieve Linden
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arnet Amos ...
Singer (uncredited)
Tony Scaponi (uncredited)
Mrs. Molly Fitzgibbon (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ...
Police Officer Pat McCarthy (uncredited)
Bobby Dolan Jr. ...
Joseph (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee ...
Fireman (uncredited)
Parishioner (uncredited)
Church Usher (uncredited)
Max Dolan - the Publisher (uncredited)
Don Gallaher ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Zuñiga (uncredited)
Cab Driver (uncredited)
Parishioner (uncredited)
Doctor (uncredited)
Connie Leon ...
Mrs. Quimp's Neighbor (uncredited)
Sybil Lewis ...
Effie - Genevieve's Maid (uncredited)
Pitch Pipe (uncredited)
Joe Mangum ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
George McKay ...
Mr.Van Heusen (uncredited)
Freddie Mercer ...
Boys Choir Member (uncredited)
Georgie Nokes ...
Pee Wee (uncredited)
Mr. Lilly (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ...
Mrs. Quimp's Neighbor at Window (uncredited)
Mrs. Hattie Quimp (uncredited)
Choir Member (uncredited)
Choir Member (uncredited)
Herman Langerhanke (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ...
Don Jose in 'Carmen' (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ...
Minor Role (uncredited)

Directed by

Leo McCarey

Written by (WGA)

Frank Butler ... (screenplay) and
Frank Cavett ... (screenplay)
Leo McCarey ... (story) (as Leo Mc Carey)
Lloyd C. Douglas ... (treatment) (uncredited)

Produced by

Leo McCarey ... producer
Buddy G. DeSylva ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

Robert Emmett Dolan ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Lionel Lindon ... director of photography
John F. Seitz ... (uncredited)

Film Editing by

LeRoy Stone ... (as Leroy Stone)

Art Direction by

Hans Dreier
William Flannery

Set Decoration by

Stephen Seymour ... (as Steve Seymour)

Costume Design by

Edith Head

Makeup Department

Wally Westmore ... makeup artist
Leonora Sabine ... hair supervisor (uncredited)

Production Management

Hugh Brown ... assistant unit manager (uncredited)
Ed Ralph ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Alvin Ganzer ... assistant director (uncredited)
Howard Joslin ... assistant director (uncredited)
D. Keene ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Sam Comer ... set dressing supervisor (uncredited)

Sound Department

John Cope ... sound recordist
Gene Merritt ... sound recordist

Visual Effects by

Gordon Jennings ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Whitey Schafer ... still photographer (uncredited)

Music Department

Robert Emmett Dolan ... musical director
Joseph J. Lilley ... vocal arranger
Troy Sanders ... music associate
Louis Kaufman ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Joseph J. Lilley ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

Armando Agnini ... technical advisor: opera (uncredited)
Nesta Charles ... script clerk (uncredited)
Daniel Dare ... dance director (uncredited)
John Devlin ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Josephine Earl ... dance director (uncredited)
Julie Gibson ... double: Risë Stevens (uncredited)
Al Mann ... assistant dance director (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... double: Bing Crosby (uncredited)
Fred Stanley ... double: Frank McHugh (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Youthful Father Chuck O'Malley led a colorful life of sports, song, and romance before joining the Roman Catholic clergy, but his level gaze and twinkling eyes make it clear that he knows he made the right choice. After joining a parish, O'Malley's worldly knowledge helps him connect with a gang of kids looking for direction and handle the business details of the church-building fund, winning over his aging, conventional superior, Father Fitzgibbon. Written by alfiehitchie

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Also Known As
  • La route semée d'étoiles (France)
  • Der Weg zum Glück (Germany)
  • Siguiendo mi camino (Spain)
  • Ο Δρόμος της Αγάπης (Greece)
  • Idac moja droga (Poland)
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  • 126 min
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Cumulative Worldwide Gross $104,946

Did You Know?

Trivia Barry Fitzgerald was nominated by the Academy for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards for the same performance, for the same film, the only time this has happened. (Al Pacino received a Best Supporting Actor nomination and a Best Actor nomination for his role as Michael Corleone, but his nominations were for the first and second Godfather films, respectively.). Fitzgerald won the Oscar in the supporting category but lost in the lead category to co-star Bing Crosby. (This is no longer possible under Academy guidelines.) Due to wartime metal shortages, Fitzgerald received a plaster Oscar (instead of a gold-plated britannium one) for his performance. A few weeks after he won, he broke the head off his plaster Oscar while practicing his golf swing. See more »
Goofs it was common custom at the time for opera singers to be classified as either soprano or contralto (alto). The term mezzo-soprano only gradually became more widespread from the 50s onwards. Now, of course, she is more correctly known as a mezzo-soprano, but in the 40s she would have been referred to as a contralto. See more »
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Quotes Father Fitzgibbons: I'm sure that the way to say what I'd like to say will occur to me after you've gone.
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