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
Fred Clark and Gene Kelly in the episode "A Matter of Principle" (1962)
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 language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes30
Producer(s)Joe Connelly
Bob Mosher
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Kerry Productions
Revue Studios
The My Way Company
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 3, 1962 (1962-10-03) 
April 24, 1963 (1963-04-24)
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.


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 stars

Episode list

Episode #Episode titleOriginal airdate
1-1"Back to Ballymora"October 3, 1962
1-2"The Crooked Angel"October 10, 1962
1-3"The Parish Car"October 17, 1962
1-4"The Father"October 24, 1962
1-5"A Man for Mary"October 31, 1962
1-6"Like My Own Brother"November 7, 1962
1-7"Not Good Enough for My Sister"November 14, 1962
1-8"A Matter of Principle"November 21, 1962
1-9"Mr. Second Chance"November 23, 1962
1-10"Ask Me No Questions"November 30, 1962
1-11"Keep an Eye on Santa Claus"December 9, 1962
1-12"A Dog for Father Fitz"December 19, 1962
1-13"A Saint for Mama"December 26, 1962
1-14"Tell Me When You Get to Heaven"January 2, 1963
1-15"My Son, The Social Worker"January 9, 1963
1-16"My Memorial for Finnegan"January 16, 1963
1-17"Don't Forget to Say Goodbye"January 23, 1963
1-18"The Shoemaker's Child"January 30, 1963
1-19"The Slasher"February 6, 1963
1-20"One Small Unhappy Family"February 13, 1963
1-21"Has Anybody Here Seen Eddie?"February 20, 1963
1-22"Blessed are the Meek"February 27, 1963
1-23"Cornelius, Come Home"March 6, 1963
1-24"The Boss of the Ward"March 13, 1963
1-25"Run, Robin, Run"March 20, 1963
1-26"The Reformation of Willie Henratty"March 27, 1963
1-27"Custody of the Child"April 3, 1963
1-28"Florence, Come Home"April 10, 1963
1-29"Hear No Evil"April 17, 1963
1-30"A Tough Act to Follow"April 24, 1963

DVD release

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


  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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