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William A. Seiter
After a bit of a slow start, The Merry Monahans really picks up with the entrance of Peggy Ryan and Donald O'Connor. Having already made several films together, it is obvious that these two enjoyed working together and playing off each other's comedic timing. They have many hilarious moments which are made even better by their freshness. There's a nice sort of improvisational feeling to the movie that we don't really get to see in modern films. Although she's playing a pretty straight character, Ann Blyth even gets a few laughs, and Jack Oakie's just very likable. The plot (surprisingly) doesn't get stale, probably since there's only half an hour of plot development. It really is a sweet, good-humoured little film that any fan of movies would enjoy viewing.
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