Appeared on the daytime talk news program "Midday" other guests included Ingrid Bergman, Peter Peyser, Howard Samuels and Gabe Pressman.
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I keep feeling that I'm just beginning, that I'm just a beginner. I've never taken the Met for granted. At the old house, whenever I walked in, I had that marvelous feeling - what am I doing here, a kid from Brooklyn?
His desire to branch into movie stardom, in the 1951 film Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick
(1952), brought him into direct conflict with the Metropolitan Opera's autocratic General Manager, Sir Rudolf Bing
. Making the film would have conflicted with some of Merrill's Met assignments. Bing felt that grand opera and the movies did not mix, having fired Met mainstays Lauritz Melchior
and Helen Traubel