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

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heironymus Merkin
Polyester Poontang
Alexander Newley ...
Tara Newley ...
Goodtime Eddie Filth
Connie Kreski ...
Mercy Humppe
The Presence
Bruce Forsyth ...
Uncle Limelight
Patricia Hayes ...
Stubby Kaye ...
Fat Writer
Ronald Rubin ...
Skinny Writer
Louis Negin ...
Producer Peter
Tom Stern ...
Producer Ron
Ronald Radd ...
Critic Bentley
Rosalind Knight ...
Critic Penelope


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 <>

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When the main character meets his dream girl, Mercy Humppe, as she rides a merry-go-round, she tells him she knows who he is, calling him "Heironymus Codpiece." A codpiece is a flap or pouch attached to the front of the crotch of men's trousers over the genitals while a merkin is a wig for covering the denuded pubic region. See more »


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


Hieronymous Merkin: This is what we learn from our fairy story / Of the donkey and the royal lass / If you go in search of a greater glory / Chances are you're gonna lose your ass.
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1 August 2000 | by (CT) – See all my reviews

The music was beautiful. (I "lost" the sound track in a divorce years ago. I wish it would be reissued - the sound track, not the divorce.) True, the movie was long and dragged a bit, as most movies of that era did. But it had fabulous dry humor, and the song that began 'Once upon a time in the Land of Wonkey,..' is/was brilliant. Thirty years later, its memory makes me smile.

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