Now With More Than 3600 Reviews! Go Nuts - Read 'Em All!!

WELCOME! Use the search engines on this site (or your own off-site engine of choice) to gain easy access to the complete MAKSQUIBS Archive; over 3600 posts and counting. (New posts added every day or so.)

You can check on all our titles by typing the Title, Director, Actor or 'Keyword' of your choice in the Search Engine of your choice (include the phrase MAKSQUIBS) or just use the BLOGGER Search Box at the top left corner of the page.

Feel free to place comments directly on any of the film posts and to test your film knowledge with the CONTESTS scattered here & there. (Hey! No Googling allowed. They're pretty easy.)

Send E-mails to . (Let us know if the TRANSLATE WIDGET works!) Or use the Profile Page or Comments link for contact.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 6, 2013


This innocuous reteaming of Bing Crosby & Barry Fitzgerald showed up three years after their phenomenal success in Leo McCarey’s GOING MY WAY/’44. No longer dueling priests with generational issues, they’ve dropped the reversed collars for stethoscopes as small-town practitioner (Fitzgerald) and gadfly temporary replacement (Crosby). They still don’t get along, but when Fitzgerald comes down with appendicitis just before his long planned vacation, Bing shows chops for emergency surgery to equal his bedside manner & crooning. After that breaks the ice, roles get reversed as both the local teacher (Joan Caulfield) and the frosty New England town warm up, joining ol’ doc in trying to ‘collar’ Crosby for the new hospital. Smoothly run, and less dopey than it sounds, it’s still pretty tame doings, with a jumpy continuity that seems to have lost a narrative step or two in the editing department. A handful of second-tier tunes give Der Bingle a shot at calling a Square Dance and one or two even look like they were shot ‘live’ and not lip-synch’d. Hardly a patch on the commercial/critical juggernaut that was GOING MY WAY/’47*, but the Crosby/Fitzgerald combo held up for big box-office.

SCREWY THOUGHT OF THE DAY: *Some Paramount exec really blew the contract on GOING MY WAY since McCarey was able to make its wildly popular sequel, THE BELLS OF SAINT MARY’S/’45 (with Ingrid Bergman in the Barry Fitzgerald spot!!), as an indie production for an R.K.O. release. How’d he ever keep the character rights?

No comments: