GOING MY WAY
1944, Universal, 126 min, USA, Dir: Leo McCarey

In his most famous movie role, Bing Crosby plays Father Chuck O’Malley, a young priest sent to take over a troubled New York City parish from the aging Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), who doesn’t know he’s being replaced. Undeniably sentimental yet undeniably moving, this feel-good comedy-drama earned seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Actor (Crosby), Supporting Actor (Fitzgerald) and Song (“Swinging on a Star”).


LOVE AFFAIR
1939, Warner Bros., 87 min, USA, Dir: Leo McCarey

French artist Michel Marnet (Charles Boyer) and American performer Terry McKay (Irene Dunne) fall in love on a ship sailing to New York. But both are engaged to other people, so Michel and Terry agree to rendezvous in six months at the top of the Empire State Building if they still want a life together. This classic romantic drama was later remade by director McCarey as AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER.


MY FAVORITE WIFE
1940, Warner Bros., 88 min, USA, Dir: Garson Kanin

Seven years after his wife was lost in a shipwreck, Nick (Cary Grant) has her declared dead so that he can remarry. Unfortunately, the missing spouse (Irene Dunne) resurfaces just as Nick heads off to honeymoon with his new bride. That’s only one of the complications in this frothy romantic comedy, which earned three Oscar nominations. With Randolph Scott.


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