On Our Merry Way

Overview

The light film comedy On Our Merry Way comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 (as any film produced before 1955 should). The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither closed-captions nor subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include an alternate opening. Though there is nothing outstanding about this DVD, fans of old-time Hollywood stars Henry Fonda and James Stewart will certainly want to give this disc a look.
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Overview

The light film comedy On Our Merry Way comes to DVD with a standard full-frame 1.33:1 (as any film produced before 1955 should). The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither closed-captions nor subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include an alternate opening. Though there is nothing outstanding about this DVD, fans of old-time Hollywood stars Henry Fonda and James Stewart will certainly want to give this disc a look.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
On Our Merry Way is a middling anthology film, a genre in which the completed film rarely works out overall but often contains some worthy highlights. In Merry, the joys come more from the actors than from the material, which is surprisingly dull. However, watching James Stewart and Henry Fonda engaging in a rare team effort -- a slapsticky comedic one at that -- is a treat, especially since their story is slightly better written than the others. Fred MacMurray and William Demarest have to slog through an uninspired "Ramsom of Red Chief" rip-off, but they display great chemistry, and watching them working together a decade before My Three Sons is a lot of fun. Dorothy Lamour's segment is also slow going, but it does feature a production number that's very amusing and that allows Lamour a chance to shine. Burgess Meredith and Paulette Goddard are stuck with a nonsensical framing story, but their screen personas help to smooth over the many rough patches. Although credited to Leslie Fenton, numerous hands are rumored to have been involved in the direction, including George Stevens, King Vidor, and John Huston. This too-many-cooks approach shows through in the unevenness of the film, which lacks unity and consistency. Catch On Our Merry Way for its cast, and it will be easier to ignore its lesser parts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2000
  • UPC: 738329016623
  • Original Release: 1948
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Pan & Scan / Mono
  • Sound: monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:48:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 47,564

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burgess Meredith Oliver Pease
Paulette Goddard Martha Pease
Fred MacMurray Al
Hugh Herbert Eli Hobbs
James Stewart Slim
Dorothy Lamour Gloria Manners
Henry Fonda Hank
Victor Moore Ashton Carrington
Eilene Janssen Peggy Thorndyke
William Demarest Floyd
Dorothy Ford Lola
Charles D. Brown Mr. Sadd
Betty Caldwell Cynthia
David Whorf Edgar Hobbs
Frank Moran Bookie
Tom Fadden Deputy Sheriff
Paul Hurst Sheriff
Walter S. Baldwin Livery Stable Man
Nana Bryant Housekeeper
Paul E. Burns Boss--Want Ad Dept
Jack Cheatham Cop
Eduardo Ciannelli Maxim Cordova
Chester Clute Bank Teller
George Davis Mover
Joe Devlin Parent
Greta Granstedt Secretary
Daniel Haight Squirt
Charles Anthony Hughes Cop
Harry James Himself
Leo Kaye Bartender
George Lloyd Mover
Lucien Prival Jackson
John Qualen Mr. Atwood
Almira Sessions Mrs. Cotton
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer Zoot
Max Wagner Mover
Technical Credits
Leslie Fenton Director
George Stevens Director
King Vidor Director
Gordon Avil Cinematographer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Benedict E. Bogeaus Producer
Lou Breslow Screenwriter
David Chudnow Musical Direction/Supervision
Duncan Cramer Art Director
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Greta Costumes/Costume Designer
Skitch Henderson Songwriter, Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Henderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Donald Kahn Songwriter
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Frank Loesser Songwriter
William Lynch Sound/Sound Designer
Otis Malcolm Makeup
Burgess Meredith Producer
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Eugene Redd Set Decoration/Design
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer
John F. Seitz Cinematographer
James Smith Editor
Laurence Stallings Screenwriter
James Stewart Original Story
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Scene Index

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1. Opening Titles [1:39]
2. The Newlyweds Rise [9:12]
3. The Daily Banner [7:31]
4. Lank & Slim [9:25]
5. A Show Goes On [2:11]
6. Baby's Audition [4:41]
7. Amateur Night [5:12]
8. Ruse Gone Awry [10:34]
9. The Famous Actress [7:03]
10. Meeting Of The Twain [7:37]
11. Queen Of The Hollywood Isles [5:02]
12. Ode To Sniffles [6:57]
13. Captive In Carson's Corners [9:09]
14. Ransom Demands [12:30]
15. Truth Be Told [8:30]
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Menu

   Menu Group #1 with 15 chapter(s) covering 01:47:17
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