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Day Seven: Bing Crosby sings “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra”

Bing and Barry: Going My Way still

Bing and Barry: Going My Way still

I could listen to Bing Crosby sing just about ANYTHING. The way he slides from note to note is pure magic. Wouldn’t you know that Bing was Irish American. His Irish roots were from his mother, Kate Harrigan Crosby.

My favorite Bing Crosby movie is the 1944 Going My Way. White Christmas is a close second, but it doesn’t have Barry Fitzgerald! I love the scene when Bing sings “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ra” to Barry Fitzgerald…

 

GoingMyWay_posterGoing My Way was based on a story by Leo McCarey, the director of the film. Another Irish American, McCarey is perhaps best remembered as writer/director/producer of An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Click here to read about the fascinating career of Leo McCarey.

I need to get my hands on a copy of Going My Way this weekend, to see the lullaby scene and one of the best scenes ever filmed, when the old priest played by Barry Fitzgerald is surprised by a visit from his dear mother from Ireland. Love it!