July 19 – Perfect Code Film Feature #19
Today’s highlighted film is Going My Way from 1944. This is the story of a musical young priest who becomes the assistant to an elderly, disagreeable pastor whose church is struggling financially. As he tries to win over the older man, the lighthearted priest gathers the local ruffians into a choir and gives some guidance to a confused young couple. This film stars Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, and Frank McHugh. It was directed and produced by Leo McCarey and released by Paramount Pictures. This is a perfect Code film because it inspires us to find a higher purpose than our own selfish desires, whether through a religious calling, patriotic service, or some other selfless goal. I like this movie because of its lighthearted, unobtrusive depiction of Catholic characters, prompting non-Catholics like me to respect that religion and all others. My favorite thing about it is the way it blends popular and operatic music, just as it blends religion and secularism.
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