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Merton of the Movies (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 11 October 1947 (USA)
A Kansas bumpkin goes to Hollywood to become a movie star and gets a job burlesquing his favorite actor - only he thinks the role is serious.

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Von Strutt - Director
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Phil
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Chick
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Sam Montague (scenes deleted)
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In 1915, Kansas theatre usher Merton Gill is a rabid silent-movie fan. When he brings Mammoth Studios free publicity by imitating star Lawrence Rupert's heroics, they bring him to Hollywood to generate another headline; he thinks he'll get a movie contract. Disillusioned, he haunts the casting offices, where he meets and is consoled by Phyllis Montague, bit player and stunt-woman. When Merton finally gets his "break," though, it's not quite what he envisioned... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Red Skelton's Howling Hit About Hollywood!

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Comedy | Romance

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11 October 1947 (USA)  »

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Der Kinoheld  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was Virginia O'Brien's final starring role and the last film she made for MGM. After this she had small roles in two later films but otherwise retired from the screen. See more »

Quotes

Beulah Baxter: [Introducing Merton to champagne] It's made of grapes... like fruit juice. The Frenchman that sold it to me explained the whole thing one night. We... well, ordered a boat load.
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Version of Merton of the Movies (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man on the Flying Trapeze
Music by Gaston Lyle
Played at the preview when Merton and Phyllis are talking in the lobby
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All Time Funniest Movie

If "slapstick" is your genre here is one of the best. I saw it in 1947 or -48 shortly after its release.

I have been on the lookout for it on tape but to no avail. Hopefully it will be preserved as one of the outstanding examples of "slapstick".


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