This week in the War, 1–7 May 1944: Going My Way—the movie

'Going My Way' with Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald [Public domain]

‘Going My Way’ with Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald [Public domain]

This week in the war saw the release of the movie Going My Way, 3 May 1944.

Bing Crosby stars as Father O’Malley, the young priest who is sent to take charge of the parish run by the very much older Father Fitzgibbon, played by Barry Fitzgerald.

The movie won best picture and Crosby sings a variety of songs. The most notable of them is the Irish lullaby Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral, sung when Father Fitzgibbon’s aging mother arrives from Ireland and embraces her son for the first time in more than forty years.

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