GOING MY WAY - BING CROSBY: SWINGING ON A STAR, THE WAR YEARS 1940-1946 Includes reception and discussion with Award-winning Music Author Gary Giddins and Film Historian Foster Hirsch

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Showings

Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Wed, Feb 27 7:30 PM

Description

GOING MY WAY
BING CROSBY: SWINGING ON A
STAR, THE WAR YEARS 1940-1946


Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm | Members $11 | Public $16

Includes reception and discussion with Award-winning Music Author and producer Gary Giddins and Film Historian Foster Hirsch

Autographed copies of Gary Giddin's book Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star, The War Years 1940-1946 will be available for purchase.


Gary Giddins’s Bing Crosby: Swinging on a Star, The War Years 1940-1946 is the story of the most popular performer of his time, an artist who transcended differences in age, gender, ethnicity, religion, and politics. It depicts the home front at a time when entertainment was “no mere diversion but a necessity.” Much of the world huddled around his recordings (including “White Christmas,” still the best-selling disc of all time, his Academy Award-winning performances as Father O’Malley in Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary’s, his irreverent forays on the Road with Bob Hope, and his weekly radio staple, Kraft Music Hall. Giddins will speak about Crosby and his book, and introduce his most honored film, Going My Way.


Father Charles O'Malley (Bing Crosby) is an easy-going, golf-playing young priest whose entry into a tough neighborhood parish in midtown Manhattan is viewed with skepticism from all quarters, especially the aging Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald). While dealing with some unfinished business from his former life in the form of an old flame who now sings at the Metropolitan Opera (Rise Stevens), Father O'Malley inspires the youth of his parish by forming a boys choir. (USA, 1944, 126 min., NR, English|
Dir. Leo McCarey)