Going My Way (TV series)

Going My Way is an American comedy-drama series starring dancer and actor Gene Kelly. Based on the 1944 film of the same name starring Bing Crosby, the series aired on ABC with new episodes from October 3, 1962, to April 24, 1963. The program was Kelly's first and only attempt at a weekly television series.[1] The series was cancelled after one season of 30 episodes.

Going My Way
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Fred Clark and Gene Kelly in the episode "A Matter of Principle" (1962)
GenreComedy-drama
Written byRichard L. Bare
Joe Connelly
William Fay
Mark Weingart
Malcolm Stuart Boylan
Directed byFielder Cook
Robert Florey
Joseph Pevney
StarringGene Kelly
Leo G. Carroll
Dick York
Nydia Westman
Theme music composerJack Marshall
Cyril J. Mockridge
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes30
Production
ProducersJoe Connelly
Bob Mosher
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesKerry Productions
Revue Studios
The My Way Company
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 3, 1962 (1962-10-03) –
April 24, 1963 (1963-04-24)
Chronology
Preceded byGoing My Way

The series was produced by Revue Studios (now Universal Television), as parent company MCA owned the rights to the original film through its subsidiary, EMKA, Ltd., which in 1957 bought Going My Way and many other pre-1950 sound feature films from Paramount Pictures.

SynopsisEdit

Kelly stars as Father Chuck O'Malley, a Roman Catholic priest who is sent to St. Dominic's Parish located in a lower-class section of New York City. Leo G. Carroll co-starred as the elderly pastor, Father Fitzgibbons, the Barry Fitzgerald role in the film. Dick York, later of Bewitched, portrayed Chuck's boyhood friend, Tom Colwell, the director of a secular neighborhood youth center. Nydia Westman played Mrs. Featherstone, the housekeeper of the rectory. Episodes focus on Father O'Malley's attempts to connect with the congregation and his relationship with the elderly Father Fitzgibbons.

The failure of the series to enter a second season is usually attributed to its competition, particularly The Beverly Hillbillies. Going My Way was also scheduled opposite the final season of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis on CBS and the last third of James Drury's 90-minute Western, The Virginian, on NBC. Aired at 8:30 pm Eastern time on Wednesdays, Going My Way followed the Western series Wagon Train on the ABC schedule. The program itself was followed on ABC by the sitcom, Our Man Higgins, starring Stanley Holloway, Frank Maxwell, and Audrey Totter.[2]

Guest starsEdit

Episode listEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Back to Ballymora"TBATBAOctober 3, 1962 (1962-10-03)
2"The Crooked Angel"TBATBAOctober 10, 1962 (1962-10-10)
3"The Parish Car"TBATBAOctober 17, 1962 (1962-10-17)
4"The Father"TBATBAOctober 24, 1962 (1962-10-24)
5"A Man for Mary"TBATBAOctober 31, 1962 (1962-10-31)
6"Like My Own Brother"TBATBANovember 7, 1962 (1962-11-07)
7"Not Good Enough for My Sister"TBATBANovember 14, 1962 (1962-11-14)
8"A Matter of Principle"TBATBANovember 21, 1962 (1962-11-21)
9"Mr. Second Chance"TBATBANovember 28, 1962 (1962-11-28)
10"Ask Me No Questions"TBATBADecember 5, 1962 (1962-12-05)
11"Keep an Eye on Santa Claus"TBATBADecember 12, 1962 (1962-12-12)
12"A Dog for Father Fitz"TBATBADecember 19, 1962 (1962-12-19)
13"A Saint for Mama"TBATBADecember 26, 1962 (1962-12-26)
14"Tell Me When You Get to Heaven"TBATBAJanuary 2, 1963 (1963-01-02)
15"My Son the Social Worker"TBATBAJanuary 9, 1963 (1963-01-09)
16"My Memorial for Finnegan"TBATBAJanuary 16, 1963 (1963-01-16)
17"Don't Forget to Say Goodbye"TBATBAJanuary 23, 1963 (1963-01-23)
18"The Shoemaker's Child"TBATBAJanuary 30, 1963 (1963-01-30)
19"The Slasher"TBATBAFebruary 6, 1963 (1963-02-06)
20"One Small Unhappy Family"TBATBAFebruary 13, 1963 (1963-02-13)
21"Has Anybody Here Seen Eddie?"TBATBAFebruary 20, 1963 (1963-02-20)
22"Blessed Are the Meek"TBATBAFebruary 27, 1963 (1963-02-27)
23"Cornelius, Come Home"TBATBAMarch 6, 1963 (1963-03-06)
24"The Boss of the Ward"TBATBAMarch 13, 1963 (1963-03-13)
25"Run, Robin, Run"TBATBAMarch 20, 1963 (1963-03-20)
26"The Reformation of Willie Henratty"TBATBAMarch 27, 1963 (1963-03-27)
27"Custody of the Child"TBATBAApril 3, 1963 (1963-04-03)
28"Florence, Come Home"TBATBAApril 10, 1963 (1963-04-10)
29"Hear No Evil"Joseph PevneyRichard BaerApril 17, 1963 (1963-04-17)
30"A Tough Act to Follow"TBATBAApril 24, 1963 (1963-04-24)

Home mediaEdit

On December 6, 2011, Timeless Media Group released Going My Way: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Levy, Claudia. "Song-and-Dance Man Gene Kelly Dies; Breezy, Athletic Style Graced Film Musicals of '40s and '50s", The Washington Post, February 3, 1996. Accessed November 2, 2008. "He won an Emmy in 1967 for his television production of Jack and the Beanstalk and appeared often on television, starring in one short-lived 1962 series, Going My Way, based on the Bing Crosby movie."
  2. ^ 1962-1963 American network television schedule
  3. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Going-My-Way-Complete-Episodes/dp/B005TN1SE0

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