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Going My Way (1944) Poster

(1944)

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Fr. O'Malley's favorite baseball team is the St. Louis Browns. The year "Going My Way" was released, 1944, was the only season the Browns reached the World Series while in St. Louis.
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Barry Fitzgerald was nominated by the Academy for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor awards for the same performance, the only time this has ever happened. He 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 one) for his performance. A few weeks after he won, he broke the head off his plaster Oscar while practicing his golf swing.
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Banned in several Latin American countries because Bing Crosby wore a white shirt as a priest.
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Earned $16.3 million on its initial run, a huge amount for the time.
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Singer Andy Williams debuted as one of the singing boys surrounding Bing Crosby during the song "Swinging On A Star". Williams and his three other brothers were performing as the Williams Brothers and were all cast in the scene.
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Bing Crosby sang "Swinging on a Star" by Jimmy Van Heusen, which went on to win an Academy Award for Best Song. Crosby sang four different Oscar-winning songs in his films.
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Although Barry Fitzgerald played a Catholic priest in this film--and several others--he was in real life not a Catholic but a Protestant. Several times during this film when he is "crossing" himself he does it wrong, going from right to left instead of from left to right.
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The film was actually written after its "sequel" The Bells of St. Mary's (1945); in order to borrow Bing Crosby from Paramount for that film, RKO had to allow Leo McCarey to write and direct "Going My Way", based on the same character. Oddly, however, "Going My Way" was released first.
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The first film to win the Oscars for Best Film and Best Song.
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Risë Stevens' character of Genevieve Linden is playing the title role in "Carmen" at the Metropolitan Opera in 1944. Ms. Stevens would not make her debut in this role at the Metropolitan until December 28, 1945.
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Filmed in St. Monica Catholic Church near the beach in Santa Monica, California. Leo McCarey based the Barry Fitzgerald character in part on the church's real (irascible) pastor, Msgnr. Nicholas Conneally.
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Added to the National Film Register in 2004.
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The first public showing, on 27 April 1944, was at 65 military locations, "from Alaska to Italy, and from England to the jungles of Burma..." (but mostly in Europe).
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 3, 1954 with Barry Fitzgerald reprising his film role.
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 8, 1945 with Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald reprising their film roles.
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Cinematographer John F. Seitz shot the opening scenes, uncredited.
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Little Rascals star George"Alpha Alpha" Sweitzer played one of the choir boys.
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