(Leo McCarey, US 1944, 126 min., 35mm)
Holidays | The Canon. Crooner Bing Crosby stars as Father Charles “Chuck” O’Malley, the easygoing priest who comes from East St. Louis to New York City to bring St. Dominic’s Church out of the dumps. In a clash between the old and the new, O’Malley goes head-to-head with the conservative Father Fitzgibbon, who views O’Malley as barely one step up from the local hoods. O’Malley eventually proves himself worthy when he organizes the local delinquents into a street choir for a fundraiser that pulls the church out of debt. Going My Way won Best Picture at the 1944 Academy Awards, and Crosby won Best Actor for the role he would reprise just one year later in The Bells of St. Mary’s.
Upcoming Events in this Series
Labor Film Series | Holidays. Included on many best film lists, this classic holiday movie—its story takes place over Christmas/New Year’s—features glorious performances by Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray and a sparkling script and vibrant direction by Billy Wilder.
Holidays | A Very Shane Black Christmas. Writer-director Shane Black travels back to the 1970s for his latest mismatched crime-solving partnership.
Holidays | The Canon. James Stewart and Donna Reed find their way through rough times in Bedford Falls (modeled on nearby Seneca Falls, New York) by way of a loving, dedicated relationship and a little heavenly intervention.