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The Merry Monahans

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The Merry Monahans
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Directed byCharles Lamont
Screenplay byMichael Fessier
Ernest Pagano
Produced byMichael Fessier
Ernest Pagano
StarringDonald O'Connor
Peggy Ryan
Jack Oakie
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byCharles Maynard
Music byHans J. Salter
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • September 15, 1944 (1944-09-15)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Merry Monahans is a 1944 American comedy-drama musical film directed by Charles Lamont and starring Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan and Jack Oakie.

The story is of a vaudeville family trying to make money through hard times. The film features the great song and dance duet with O'Connor and Ryan, "I Hate To Lose You". Film composer Hans J. Salter was nominated for an Academy Award for his score.[1]


Talented vaudeville family the Monahans have one very big problem in the form of patriarch Pete (Jack Oakie): His heavy alcoholism has gotten the performing clan blacklisted from nearly every significant venue. With little choice but to break away from Pete, his children, Jimmy (Donald O'Connor) and Patsy (Peggy Ryan), devise their own act and take it on the road. The troupe enjoys some success, which motivates Pete to sober up. Hearing of their father's turnaround, they make plans to reunite.


See also


  1. ^ "The 17th Academy Awards (1945) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved May 29, 2019.

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