What's the point of this? Unsure, but in 1944 Bing Crosby dancing and prancing -- as a priest -- must have been a welcome respite from the War. Best Picture? Wow. They had cynics back then, didn't they? Father O'Malley (Crosby) prefers a baseball jersey to his priest's cloth, but more than anything the man loves to sing. Countless excuses (including an urchin's boys' choir) arise to allow for said singing, despite the curmudeonly oversight of Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald). Other sappy movies of the era (It's a Wonderful Life comes to mind) have held up over the years. Going My Way, sadly, has not.
Bette Davis stars as an uptight schoolmarm in 1895 Wales, where she decides to spend her own money to get the boys out of the coalmines and into her classroom. When a surprisingly gifted young man (John Dall, Rope) emerges, Davis urges him to apply for full scholarship at Oxford. Think an illegitimate baby will stop this kid!? No chance!