MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW
1937, Universal, 91 min, USA, Dir: Leo McCarey

This Depression-era drama stars Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi as an elderly couple who lose their home to foreclosure and hope to move in with one of their five children – none of whom wants them both. Named to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry in 2010, this was director Leo McCarey’s favorite of his films; other famous fans include Orson Welles, Errol Morris and Japanese screenwriter Kōgo Noda, who patterned TOKYO STORY after it.


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.


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