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The Merry Monahans (1944)

When Jimmie Monahan's father is absent to aid the war effort, young Jimmie works hard to lift his family's spirits. Finding he has a dancing and musical talent he organizes a show at the nearby aircraft plant to raise morale.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Michael Fessier (original screenplay), Ernest Pagano (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Donald O'Connor ... Jimmy Monahan
Peggy Ryan ... Patsy Monahan
Jack Oakie ... Pete Monahan
Ann Blyth ... Sheila DeRoyce
Rosemary DeCamp ... Lillian Miles, aka Lillian DeRoyce
John Miljan ... Arnold Pembroke, Has-Been Matinee Idol
Gavin Muir ... Weldon Laydon, Broadway Talent Scout
Isabel Jewell ... Rose, aka Rose Monahan,unscrupulous Chorus Girl
Ian Wolfe ... Clerk
Robert Homans ... Policeman
Marion Martin ... Soubrette
Lloyd Ingraham ... Judge
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Storyline

When Jimmie Monahan's father is absent to aid the war effort, young Jimmie works hard to lift his family's spirits. Finding he has a dancing and musical talent he organizes a show at the nearby aircraft plant to raise morale.

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Taglines:

Nothing Tops! Nothing Stops! The Merry Monahans! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche triunfal See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film has 20 song/dance numbers of at least two minutes each. This leaves 31 minutes for plot developments, which is enough. See more »

Quotes

Pete Monahan: Did you kids have a good time at the beach today?
Patsy Monahan: Oh, sure. I enjoy an occasional dip in the common pleasures of the proletariat.
Jimmy Monahan: If you knew what those words meant and could spell 'em, you'd be almost literate.
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Soundtracks

Missouri Waltz
(uncredited)
Music by Frederick Knight Logan
Lyrics by J.R. Shannon
Sung by Donald O'Connor
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Very Entertaining 'B' Musical.
7 September 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

A black-and-white musical from Universal does not sound promising. It sounds bland, uneventful and tuneless. Boy, will you be surprised. I think the first surprise will be that you can't find this picture available in any format, so you'll have to get lucky and wait until some station runs it or buy a copy from a DVD pirate.

But the big surprise is what a good movie it is, how quickly it moves and how effervescent the performers are. The story has been done many times before but it really works here. And the musical numbers are not new songs but they are exhilarating and full of energy, led by old pro Jack Oakie, and Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan, two very young pros.

This picture is solid in all respects, and, except for the lack of color, could stand next to many MGM or Fox musicals.


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