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On Our Merry Way (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | June 1948 (USA)
Three short stories revolving around the topic of the daily question posed by the roving reporter to the readers of a daily newspaper.

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Lank Solsky
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Gloria Manners
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Al
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Oliver M. Pease
Victor Moore ...
Ashton Carrington
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Floyd
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Eli Hobbs
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Maxim
Charles D. Brown ...
Mr. Sadd
Dorothy Ford ...
Lola Maxim
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Leopold 'Zoot' Wirtz (as Carl Switzer)
Eilene Janssen ...
Peggy Thorndyke
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Oliver Pease gets a dose of courage from his wife Martha and tricks the editor of the paper (where he writes lost pet notices) into assigning him the day's roving question. Martha suggests, "Has a little child ever changed your life?" Oliver gets answers from two slow-talking musicians, an actress whose roles usually feature a sarong, and an itinerant cardsharp. In each case the "little child" is hardly innocent: in the first, a local auto mechanic's "baby" turns out to be fully developed as a woman and a musician; in the second, a spoiled child star learns kindness; in the third, the family of a lost brat doesn't want him returned. And Oliver, what becomes of him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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She's the queen of a Hollywood tong - and a queen, friends, can do nothing wrong! Her public she serves By displaying those curves..She's a miracle in a sarong! (original print ad) See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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June 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Miracle Can Happen  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Titled "A Miracle Can Happen", this film debuted on February 3, 1948 at the Warner Theatre in Manhattan. During February, the feature also opened in Philadelphia and Detroit. In June, when released nationally, the picture ran nine minutes shorter than its original 107 minutes, and the film's name had been changed to "On Our Merry Way," thus avoiding any religious connection that moviegoers might assume by seeing the word "miracle" in the title. See more »


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Poet and Peasant Overture
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Music by Franz von Suppé
Played at the contest during the French horn number
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Worth a look
24 June 2007 | by (Crozet, VA) – See all my reviews

This three-vignettes-in-a-frame movie is not all bad. Indeed, the first segment features Henry Fonda and James Stewart in a brilliant comic pas de deux which leaves you wondering why they didn't become a cinematic pair. Given that the plot-ette they work with is unremarkable, their joint performance is even more of a miracle and a treat. Also fun is the little jazz score, which features not only Stewart doing his own tasteful piano comping, but also a guest appearance by Harry James, who not only provides the behind-the scenes music of the trumpet-playing "babe" but actually puts his mug in as well.

The second story is a bit weaker, though Dorothy Lamour does a song and dance number that sends up contemporary Hollywood clichés in a wittily sophisticated manner.

The last sequence, however, is truly lame: the pacing is slow and all the actors (especially child actor David Whorf) are annoying. The zany Hugh Herbert nicely finesses a small role but his little performance can't save the segment.

The frame itself is also uninspired, but not so deadly that it drags the film down.

Had the last two segments been as marvelous as the first, this entire movie would have been a classic. But in any case, you simply must see it for the Steward-Fonda collaboration. They command the film from the moment the camera turns on them and never disappoint.


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