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Going My Way/Holiday Inn

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Posted on: September 12, 2016
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Going My Way When young Father O’Malley (Bing Crosby) arrives at St. Dominic’s, old Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald) doesn’t think much of the church’s newest member. These two priests simply can’t agree. But when O’Malley’s fresh methods succeed in reaching out to the neighborhood’s toughest kids, the community starts to change. The neighborhood becomes closer as the church’s meaning grows dearer to their souls. Holiday Inn This is the film where audiences first heard the now classic Academy Award-winning song “White Christmas.” This is the story about two talented pals, a singer (Bing Crosby) and a dancer (Fred Astaire) who compete for the affections of the same pretty lady (Virginia Dale). But when she dumps them both, the singer comes up with the idea of running a tavern that’s open only on holidays.Going My Way
This irresistible Oscar winner from writer-director Leo McCarey (An Affair to Remember) stars Bing Crosby as a low-key, crooning priest who joins the parish of a no-nonsense but sweet old Irish man of the cloth (Barry Fitzgerald). While Bing turns local toughs into a choir, the elder priest worries over the church building fund and whether he’ll get a chance to see his old mother back in Ireland before she dies. One would have to have a heart of stone not to be won over by this charmer, with a lovely ending guaranteed to make you bawl for a week. –Tom Keogh

Holiday Inn
This perennial, Christmas-season favorite from 1942 teamed Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire as entertainers (and rival suitors of Marjorie Reynolds) running an inn that is only open on holidays. It’s a great excuse for lots of singing and dancing, seamlessly wrapped in a catchy story, and Astaire’s frequent director Mark Sandrich (Top Hat, Shall We Dance) doesn’t let us down. The Irving Berlin numbers (each one connected to a different holiday) are winners, with Crosby’s warm performance of “White Christmas” a movie touchstone. –Tom Keogh

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  • Pope
    Posted on September 12, 2016 at 1:07 AM
    Outstanding transfers This DVD release of GOING MY WAY and HOLIDAY INN is purely OUTSTANDING! As both of these films have been perennial favorites for sixty years, I need not comment on their merits. I will say that these are some of the best DVD transfers of older films I have ever seen. The pictures for both films (in black and white) are crisp and clear, black levels are solid and well defined, and there is no graininess to speak of. Age-related artifacts are virtually non existent. The soundtracks of both...
  • forrie
    Posted on September 12, 2016 at 1:38 AM
    A Bing Crosby Holiday Double Feature including White Xmas Bing Crosby's Oscar performance in "Going My Way" and singing the Oscar winning song "White Christmas in Holiday Inn" is only the beginning of two grand holiday treats. Remembering the war years and the theme of God and Country brings an assembly of American Patriotism to the screen. Hollywood War years role provides a generous dose with song and dance. For "Holiday Inn" (1942) a story based on an Inn only open during the 15 major holidays (1940's) with grand...
  • Bob Bender
    Posted on September 12, 2016 at 1:51 AM
    Holiday Inn Bing Crosby in one of his better roles, sans any of the "Road" pictures he did with Bob Hope. Set in Connecticutt in the 1930's, Bing along with Fred Astaire sing, dance and romance their way through this Irving Berlin orchestrated film. Don't take anything in this movie too seriously, as this is a light hearted romp through the holidays. Although a tad dated now (there's a reference in one part showing Thanksgiving bouncing from the 3rd Thursday of the month of November, to the...
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