‘I’m sure that the way to say what I’d like to say will occur to me after you’ve gone.’
The 1944 Best Picture winner is a movie about a young, progressive priest who comes to a failing New York church in an attempt to turn it around. He has to deal with neighborhood youths, mortgages, and a cranky older priest who had built the church decades before.
I felt the movie was rushed. So many moving parts that it was hard to give them all enough time to actually develop. Add in a couple of songs from Bing Crosby and Rise Stevens, and you end up with too many over-simplified story lines that are resolved way too easily.
That isn’t to say I disliked the movie. For one thing, Father Fitzgibbons is a fun character to watch. Between his shuffling, the thick Irish brogue and his general demeanor, he really makes the movie for me.