On Our Merry Way (1948)





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Movie Info

This film is a multipart comedy linked by inquiring reporter Burgess Meredith. It is Meredith's job to interview several people, asking them what effect children have had on their lives. Meredith returns to the newspaper office with a black eye, which earns him the sympathy of co-worker Paulette Goddard.
Comedy , Drama
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United Artists


Henry Fonda
as Lank Solsky
Paulette Goddard
as Martha Pease
Burgess Meredith
as Oliver M. Pease
Hugh Herbert
as Elisha Hobbs
Dorothy Lamour
as Gloria Manners
Victor Moore
as Ashton Carrington
Eilene Janssen
as Peggy Thorndyke
Charles D. Brown
as Mr. Sadd
Betty Caldwell
as Cynthia
David Whorf
as Sniffles Dugan
Frank Moran
as Bookie
Tom Fadden
as Deputy Sheriff
Paul E. Burns
as Boss, Want Ad Dept
Lucien Prival
as Jackson
Almira Sessions
as Mrs. Cotton
Nana Bryant
as Housekeeper
Greta Granstedt
as Secretary
Joe Devlin
as Parent
Paul Hurst
as Sheriff
Max Wagner
as Mover
Chester Clute
as Bank Teller
Leo Kaye
as Bartender
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Maxim Cordova
Daniel Haight
as Squirt
Walter S. Baldwin
as Livery Stable Man
John Qualen
as Mr. Atwood
Harry James
as Guest Star
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Critic Reviews for On Our Merry Way

All Critics (2)

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Full Review… | March 10, 2009
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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Strained slapstick comedy with a star-studded cast.

Full Review… | September 8, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The highlight is Lamour singing a spoof about her on-screen sarong persona. For some fetishists, seeing Meredith's shaven bare chest might supply another.

December 26, 2002
Bay Area Reporter

Audience Reviews for On Our Merry Way

I heard someone say baby... An aspiring writer is down on his luck and can't write anything worth reading but worthless animal stories. His wife gives him a line to ask people, "tell me how a child has impacted your life." The reporter asks famous musicians, actresses, and politicians this question and receives unique stories of cruel children that impacted their lives for the better. "What types of eggs are those?" "Chicken eggs, whatja think?" Four directors collaborate to deliver this interesting picture containing a wide range of characters and situations. The plots were interesting and felt like a series of short stories within an overarching primary plot. The characters are interesting and fairly well developed. The cast delivers above average performances and includes Burgess Meredith, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Paulette Goddard, Fred MacMurray, and Harry James. "Do you have to wear the bathing suit for the contest?" I DVR'd this some time ago off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and finally got around to watching it. I was impressed by the cast and their performances and the kids were interesting and fairly unpredictable. Overall, this is a fairly average movie that could have been better but was worth a viewing. "You are a very mean, nasty little girl." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

How'd they get so many top rank stars to appear in this meager offering? Not dreadful but very minor. Jimmy & Henry's segment is the best plus there's a chance to see MacMurray & Demerest team up years before My Three Sons.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A drama anthology film if that interests you, I found it annoying, they should have stuck with the first story.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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