79 user 38 critic

Going My Way (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 2 October 1944 (Brazil)
2:20 | Trailer
When young Father O'Malley arrives at St. Dominic's, old Father Fitzgibbon doesn't think much of the church's newest member.


Leo McCarey


Frank Butler (screenplay), Frank Cavett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Won 7 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Father Chuck O'Malley
Barry Fitzgerald ... Father Fitzgibbon
Frank McHugh ... Father Timothy O'Dowd
James Brown ... Ted Haines Jr.
Gene Lockhart ... Ted Haines Sr.
Jean Heather ... Carol James
Porter Hall ... Mr. Belknap
Fortunio Bonanova ... Tomaso Bozanni
Eily Malyon ... Mrs. Carmody
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ... Choir (as Robert Mitchell Boychoir)
Risë Stevens ... Genevieve Linden


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When the St. Louis Browns lost Bing, the Cardinal got a good singer! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music


Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


The first Best Picture Oscar winner to win Best Original Story. See more »


After seeing the bishop, Father Fitzgibbon calls Father O'Malley into his office where they have a long talk. There's a clock in the background, often seen over O'Malley's shoulder. From the first and last time you see it about three minutes goes by, but the clock always says 5:35. See more »


Father Chuck O'Malley: Mr. Haines is going to give us a mortgage to take care of the difference.
Ted Haines Sr.: That's right, father. He convinced me I have a heart. And, after all, it wouldn't be a church without a mortgage.
Father Fitzgibbons: That's right. That's right.
See more »

Alternate Versions

Since Paramount could not get the European copyright clearance for Bizet's "Carmen," an additional sequence was shot from Smetana's "The Bartered Bride" which replaced Carmen for foreign prints. See more »


The Day After Forever
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Played on piano by Bing Crosby and Sung by Jean Heather
Also Sung by Bing Crosby
Reprised by Jean Heather later
See more »

User Reviews

"With Sunday morning in your heart"
24 December 2014 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Father O'Malley (Bing Crosby) has been assigned to take charge of struggling church, Saint Dominic's. He's taking over for kindly old Father Flitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), but doesn't want the elder priest to know it just yet. O'Malley's fresh approach and youthful appeal help get the troubled neighborhood kids involved in the choir and solve the church's financial troubles.

Charming, sentimental tale that won a total of seven Oscars, including two for writer-director Leo McCarey. Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald took home statues, as well. They're both perfect in this. Bing sings a few songs, including "Swinging on a Star" and "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral." Good support from Risë Stevens, Stanley Clements, Frank McHugh, Jean Heather, Eily Malyon, and Gene Lockhart. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer also has an amusing role.

Cynics and anti-religious types will surely hate it and mock it. Their loss. This is a delightful, sincere classic with heart and humor. The story is simple but effectively told. It's the kind of movie that puts a big smile on my face and leaves me with the warm fuzzies. Love that ending! It's followed by a wonderful sequel, The Bells of St. Mary's, as well as many big and small screen imitators over the years. Open your hearts and minds and give it a shot. Leave the pessimism at the door, though.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 79 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

2 October 1944 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Going My Way See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed