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on our merry way
- kevin sellers
Sure is weird hearing Henry Fonda, the symbol of American integrity and justice, speaking bebop double talk. Not necessarily entertaining, mind you. Just flat out out there.
Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer appears as an adult
- DON RILEY
Carl proves here that what worked as a "child" doesn't always work as an adult. In the company of Fonda and Stewart he appears to be quite "awful". He grew almost "not at all" as an actor. It does prove to show how exceptional Stewart and Fonda are as actors in comparison.
Never before seen? And not again for years?
- Jeff K
Nice review on TCM but it left out two remarkable items, not seen in movies for over 15 years if then and not seen again for almost as long:1) Two-count-em-two people (Burgess Meredith and Paulette Goddard) in a DOUBLE BED! That's right, not separately in single beds, but together! He even touches her! To be sure, they were married in real life. Maybe that's why the Breen fascists allowed it.2) In the bathroom as Meredith showers, you can see, peeking ever so coyly out from behind the stall, the front of A TOILET! That's right, an actual toilet! Hitchcock had as much censor trouble with the toilet Marion Crane uses to flush the note down in "Psycho" as he did the shower scene, and I've heard it was the first time a toilet was shown on screen. Maybe a complete toilet. But I've looked in many 30's and 40's bathrooms and ne'er a porcelain throne did spot. Except for this one.
MANY ENTERTAINING STARS SHINE IN THIS MOVIE
This movie offers up 4 separate stories, compliments of Oliver (a young and spry Burgess Meredith) - the new found roving reporter in search of an answer to the thought provoking question "What effect has a child had upon your life"? The scenes with young men - Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda and their Rhythm Rascals Exploding Bus is funny. As are their "musical abilities" on piano and trumpet. An early pairing of "My Three Sons" Fred MacMurray and Uncle Charley's William Demarest with wild child "Sniffles" in the woods was cute. Maybe he's the predecessor to "Dennis The Menace" or "Problem Child"?? At the conclusion of Oliver's very busy day - he gets surprisingly good news.