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Merton of the Movies (1947)

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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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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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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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Virginia O'Brien did all of her own stunt work. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Boulevard (1976) See more »

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Wintermärchen
Music by Alphons Czibulka
Played when Merton is first introduced
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I don't care what Leonard Maltin says

Today as part of a Red Skelton tribute on his birthday TCM showed this among many of his other movies, and I'd like to say that even though I only tuned in in time to see only half of this movie, Merton was no disappointment! You're not exactly splitting your sides, but you are entertained and amused as long as you are watching it. Skelton makes it look so easy, but achieving what he was able to while keeping his comedy clean as a whistle is pure genius and well worth watching!


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