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

X  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  17 July 1970 (France)
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Heironymus Merkin screens an autobiographical movie of his life, growth and moral decay.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Louis Negin ...
Producer Peter
Tom Stern ...
Producer Ron
Ronald Radd ...
Critic Bentley
Rosalind Knight ...
Critic Penelope
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Storyline

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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Trivia

When the film was originally released in 1969, some newspapers refused to advertise it, compelling cinephiles to call up their local theaters to learn the title. A few theaters even temporarily expanded their marquees to fit the entire title. Other theaters truncated the title to "Heironymous Merkin". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Hieronymous Merkin: Then the Eskimo and the Indian and the cannibal all rush over to the knight and they say, "Your dragon was here and he's looking to terrify you a great deal." And the knight sits there, and he laughs, and he laughs, and he laughs. The moral of the story is, once you understand your own dragon, you don't have to be afraid anymore. See what I mean?
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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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I'm All I Need
Written and Performed by Anthony Newley
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Strangely affecting
27 September 2004 | by (Marina del Rey, CA) – See all my reviews

After watching this film, I wondered if Anthony Newley thought that this would be his sole chance to direct a major film (which turned out to be true), so he decided togo on a binge with every idea he had at that point . It's in equal parts a mockumentary, a musical, and an homage to Tex Avery cartoons. Newley is the ringleader, Hieronymus Merkin, and he invites us to watch his carnal accomplishments and rise as a singer.

This movie features some fascinating production and costume design, and the beach sets are very unique. The jokes often hit sour notes, but the enthusiasm is contagious. I mean, really, what's better than seeing Joan Collins portray a character named " Polyester Poontang"? If you ever come across this movie, give it a chance.

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