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.
At the opening of this movie, I thought “Oh brother, another schmaltzy movie.” By the time the end came about, I was really liking this movie, schmaltz and all…I even had tears in my eyes!
It was a bit long, but complete in the telling of the story, which was told in a heart-warming way. I was surprised to learn that Swinging On A Star won the Music Oscar for song. I remember learning that song in elementary school.
Good, wholesome entertainment.