Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated +]

Movieland Mystery Photo

Look what I found! And this movie would be?

'On Our Merry Way' [Update: This is “On Our Merry Way,” a curious film in which Burgess Meredith plays a classified ad salesman who masquerades as a reporter. At first glance, I assumed this was the Globe Lobby at The Times. There is, after all, a globe. But the Globe Lobby is round, so this is obviously a set. I’d like to think that Ernst Fegte and Duncan Cramer were influenced by the Globe Lobby. By the way, IMDB says that Duncan Cramer was uncredited as an art director on the film. So much for IMDB.]


Movieland Mystery Photo

OK, how about now?

'On Our Merry Way'

The exterior of The Daily Banner

'On Our Merry Way'

And here’s the globe.

'On Our Merry Way'

Another shot of the globe, establishing that yes, this is a set and a fairly inexpensive one at that.

"On Our Merry Way"

And what’s this? I didn’t we think saw scenes like this in movies from this era.

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37 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated +]

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    It’s the LAT lobby. Is it Superman from the 1950s?

  2. Mike Hawks says:

    I vote for THE BIG CLOCK 1948.

  3. Greg Clancey says:

    Mirage (1965)

  4. dewey webb says:

    The Blurreds

  5. Mike Hawks says:

    One more vote before I pretend to be working, FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT 1940.

  6. Think I need my NaturalVision/polaroid 3-D glasses for this one.

  7. sherry says:

    I vote for The Clock even though I don’t see anyone in uniform. Do we get extra points for the blur?

  8. Mary Mallory says:

    Is that LADY KILLER with James Cagney?

  9. Hey, where’s Puerto Rico? That’s just not right!

  10. Mary Mallory says:


  11. Gary Martin says:

    Romance on the High Seas.

  12. Karen says:

    Love with a Proper Stranger.

  13. Pat in Michigan says:

    Back to the Future

  14. Bartstar says:

    The lobby of the Daily Planet in the 1948 Columbia serial of Superman?

  15. Mary Mallory says:

    Burgess Meredith and IDIOT’S DELIGHT?

  16. dewey webb says:

    Burgess Meredith in On Our Merry Way

  17. Burgess Meredith an all-time favorite of mine. What a career. And what a man.

  18. By the way, my best guess on the film is On Our Merry Way co-starring the then Mrs. Burgess Meredith, Paulette Goddard.

  19. Mary Mallory says:


  20. Wm. Stansel says:

    Burgess Meredith, of course, the movie?….I will take a wild guess, one that I saw first run, ….”On Our Merry Way”

  21. Gary says:

    I believe that’s Burgess Meredith. And that’s as far as I’ll take it.

  22. Karen says:

    Advise & Consent.

  23. Burgess ‘Buzz’ Merrideth, certainly. But don’t know the film. From the sparsity of the set, it would not have been a major work.

  24. Gary Martin says:

    Without doing too much research, based on the costumes I’ll say On our Merry Way, 1946.

  25. hockeykevin says:

    Burgess Meredith for sure. I think the movie is ‘On Our Merry Way’? I hope so, I’ve been in a drought with these mystery photos for some time.

  26. Gary Martin says:

    Many good examples of how to wear a fedora…except for Mr. Meredith. I’ll give him credit for having let it become askew during the playing of the scene. Oh, and the year was 1948 … I hit the wrong key.

  27. On Our Merry Way with Burgess Meredith and Paulette Goddard?

  28. Rick Scott says:

    “On Our Merry Way” (?) with Burgess Meredith (duh!)

  29. Barry OB says:

    Would the slogan “If it’s a good picture, it’s a Miracle!” apply here?

  30. Gary Martin says:

    The Daily News Building on East 42 Street in New York, designed by Raymond Hood in 1929, and in very art deco design had (has) a large globe in the lobby and it is claimed that it was that lobby and globe that was the inspiration for the Daily Planet in the superman flix. I think the globe in the lobby motif is now considered a newspaper office design semantic. Thus when I researched B. Meredith films, i choose the first one circa 1948 that mentioned newspaper, As you see i was right. It’s just like playing Jeopardy…the answer is in the questi0on.

  31. Don Danard says:

    Damn! Barry OB beat to it!

  32. Don Danard says:

    That should say “beat” me to it!

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