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Father Conroy (Crosby) has a parish which serves the acting and performance community. When one of his parishoners gets too sick to work, his daughter Holly (Reynolds) finds a job working ... See full summary »

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Father Conroy
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Holly LeMaise aka Conroy
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Tony Vincent
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Phil Stanley
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Harry LaMaise
Connie Gilchrist ...
Mary
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Jim Dugan
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Joe Greb
Alena Murray ...
Sunny
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Chorine
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Fay Flagg
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June January aka Dawn Easter
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Father Conroy (Crosby) has a parish which serves the acting and performance community. When one of his parishoners gets too sick to work, his daughter Holly (Reynolds) finds a job working for a dance club of questionable character, which is run by Tony Vincent (Wagner). Vincent never made the big time, and Father Conroy tries to look after Holly. There are many musical numbers, and the conclusion is a televised benefit show hosted by Father Conroy, and Tony must choose between Holly and national fame. Written by Scott Jentsch <sjentsch@execpc.com>

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24 July 1959 (Ireland)  »

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Trivia

Bing Crosby originally wanted Frank Sinatra to play the part of Tony Vincent, a part eventually played by Robert Wagner. See more »

Quotes

[Father Conroy tries to reform Phil, an alcoholic]
Phil Stanley: I'm a little too old to still believe in Santa Claus.
Father Conroy: That's too bad, Phil. He still believes in you.
Phil Stanley: You're not talking about Santa Claus.
Father Conroy: Neither are you. You think you're going to find out what you lost in that bottle?
Phil Stanley: Maybe in the next one. I haven't tried all the bottles yet. But maybe I should get the Christmas spirit. Isn't this time of year when all the little girls and boys suddenly start to behave?
Father Conroy: That's not the real secret of ...
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The Secret of Christmas
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Not Going My Way
3 June 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm sure that during his career in his later years Bing Crosby was offered the chance to repeat playing Father O'Malley as an older priest and at one point that would have been a natural fit for him. Unfortunately after this film, Bing was done with the clergy.

He tries his best with Father Conroy and his best moments are musical ones especially with Debbie Reynolds, but the story is not convincing. Try as I might, I just can't believe that Robert Wagner turns from opportunistic heel to good guy just to win Debbie Reynolds.

In fact the main problem with the movie is Robert Wagner. A good actor he just doesn't have any talent musically. His big number in the movie was You Can't Love Them All was recorded by Dean Martin and had a modest success. Now if Dino had played his part, he might have overcome the script.

Bing's best number is The Secret of Christmas. In addition to recording it for the cast album of this film, six years later he recorded it for Frank Sinatra's Reprise label in a joint Christmas album with Old Blue Eyes and Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians. That is the superior version to the one he did in Say One For Me.


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