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Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969)

Heironymus Merkin screens an autobiographical movie of his life, growth and moral decay.

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Heironymus Merkin
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Polyester Poontang
Alexander Newley ...
Thaxted
Tara Newley ...
Thumbelina
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Goodtime Eddie Filth
Connie Kreski ...
Mercy Humppe
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The Presence
Bruce Forsyth ...
Uncle Limelight
Patricia Hayes ...
Grandma
Stubby Kaye ...
Fat Writer
Ronald Rubin ...
Skinny Writer
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Producer Peter
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Producer Ron
Ronald Radd ...
Critic Bentley
Rosalind Knight ...
Critic Penelope
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Hieronymus Merkin has recently turned 40, and is in the midst of preparing a film that details his life's history and development. Portraying himself as a marionette being controlled by an unseen puppet master, young Merkin is led away from the innocence of youth and into the waiting arms of one woman after another by Goodtime Eddie Filth. With Filth's guidance, Merkin steadily transforms into a self-centered womanizer, save only for the longing he feels for his one lost love, Mercy Humppe. As the producers of his life story scream for him to come up with an ending, Merkin must look back and decide what, if anything, he's learned from his experiences. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Heironymus Merkin, the most talented movie star who ever sang, danced and loved girls, girls, girls.

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(1969 cut)

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The President of the United States played by Peter Sellers in Stanley Kubrick's satire _Dr. Strangelove (1964)_ was named Merkin Muffley. In 1963, Sellers, Anthony Newley and Joan Collins released a satirical record, "Fool Britannia!", lampooning the Profumo Scandal that had rocked the U.K. (Secretary of State for War John Profumo, a member of the Privy Council, had resigned after lying to the House of Commons about his affair with show girl Christine Keeler, the mistress of a Soviet spy. The Profumo Affair was the subject of the 1989 British film Scandal (1989).) The comedy record, based on improvisational skits written by Newley and Leslie Bricusse, reached #10 on the British album chart in October 1963. In naming the protagonist of his autobiographical movie Merkin, Newley likely was inspired by the name of Sellers's character. See more »

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The color of Thumbelina's ice-cream cone changes between brown and white and pink. See more »

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Skinny Writer: Fade out on director and writers confused and unable to think of an ending.
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits. All credits come at the end. The actors take a bow on a custom-made, pastel-painted, portable stage on a beach as their names are credited in jagged, psychedelic print. See more »

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References Lust for Life (1956) See more »

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Picadilly Lilly
Performed by Anthony Newley and Bruce Forsyth
Music by Anthony Newley
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A wonderfully zany and felliniesque yet sadly neglected cult classic.
1 February 2000 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Anthony Newly stars in this musical comedy about the life of Hieronymus Merkin, a sex obsessed writer/singer/director/actor/ and a truly perverse character. It seems like a drug induced dream filled with bizarre sequences, crazy songs, erie cinematography and racy exploitations which seem shocking considering it was made it 1969. The whole picture is shot on an island as it cuts between the actual film and Hieronymus screening the film while in production along with the crew, producers, and the critics. The basic plot is that Hieronymus a fatherless boy meets up with a manager (Milton Berie) who turns him into a superstar. Thousands of women line up in front of his bed waiting to make love to him. He marries a former lover of his and she gives birth to a child defected with a huge hole in its back. The baby soon after dies in hospital and Mrs. Merkin leaves Hieronymus. Hieronymus despite the objections of the writers, critics and everyone else insists on telling about the raciest most shocking part of his life. His immoral affair with the child beauty Mercy Humppe. He remarries to Polly (Joan Crawford) and switches off between Polly and Mercy and finally leaves Mercy.

The film is an absurd X rated romp though a land of sexual excess and unconventional perversion that portray women as only a 1960's film can. Although this film is not for all tastes, exceedingly fine performances, unpredictable twists, and uproarious humor make this film a true cult classic that reminds one of A Clockwork Orange at times. An R rated version also exists.


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