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Also known as A Miracle Can Happen, On Our Merry Way 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. First he checks with two itinerant musicians (James Stewart and Henry Fonda), who earn extra under-the-counter money by fixing a music contest so the mayor's son will win. Next he meets Hollywood extras Dorothy Lamour and Victor Moore, who are hired to work with a precocious child star. Finally, the old "Ransom of Red Chief" twist is given to the tale of hoboes Fred MacMurray and William Demarest, who find themselves at the mercy of a preteen prankster, whose wealthy uncle (Hugh Herbert) won't take the kid back unless the hoboes pay him. Meredith returns to the newspaper office with a black eye, which earns him the sympathy and affection of coworker Paulette Goddard. Though the direction is credited to Leslie Fenton, portions of On Our Merry Way were actually directed (sans credit) by George Stevens and King Vidor. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Burgess Meredith
as Oliver Pease
Paulette Goddard
as Martha Pease
Fred MacMurray
as Al
Hugh Herbert
as Eli Hobbs
James Stewart
as Slim
Dorothy Lamour
as Gloria Manners
Henry Fonda
as Hank
Victor Moore
as Ashton Carrington
Eilene Janssen
as Peggy Thorndyke
William Demarest
as Floyd
Charles D. Brown
as Mr. Sadd
Frank Moran
as Bookie
Tom Fadden
as Deputy Sheriff
Paul Hurst
as Sheriff
George Davis
as Mover
John Qualen
as Mr. Atwood
Greta Granstedt
as Secretary
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
as Zoot
George Lloyd
as Mover
Almira Sessions
as Mrs. Cotton
Chester Clute
as Bank Teller
Lucien Prival
as Jackson
Joe Devlin
as Parent
Paul E. Burns
as Boss--Want Ad Dept
Max Wagner
as Mover
Nana Bryant
as Housekeeper
Eduardo Ciannelli
as Maxim Cordova
Harry James
as Himself

Crew

Leslie Fenton
Director
King Vidor
Director
George Stevens
Director
Burgess Meredith
Producer
Benedict E. Bogeaus
Producer
Laurence Stallings
Screenwriter
Lou Breslow
Screenwriter
Ernest Laszlo
Cinematographer
Edward J. Cronjager
Cinematographer
John F. Seitz
Cinematographer
Joseph Biroc
Cinematographer
Gordon Avil
Cinematographer
Frank Loesser
Songwriter
Heinz Roemheld
Composer (Music Score)
Charles Henderson
Musical Direction/Supervision
David Chudnow
Musical Direction/Supervision
Skitch Henderson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Skitch Henderson
Songwriter
Ernst Fegte
Art Director
Duncan Cramer
Art Director
Eugene Redd
Set Designer
Robert Priestley
Set Designer
Otis Malcolm
Makeup
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