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

 -  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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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
George Jessel ...
The Presence
Bruce Forsyth ...
Uncle Limelight
Patricia Hayes ...
Grandma
Stubby Kaye ...
Fat Writer
Ronald Rubin ...
Skinny Writer
Louis Negin ...
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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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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Hieronymous Merkin: "Birth of a Nation" was a hit, but imagine how amazing it would have been with a few songs and dances.
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Breathtaking images make this overly ego-centric film a treat.
17 February 2006 | by (Bloomsburg PA) – See all my reviews

"Can Hieronymous Merkin ever forget Merci Humppe and find true Happiness?" has to win an award for being the strangest title for a film ever. Partially semi autobiographical comedy in the vein of Fellini and Woody Allen. "Hieronymous Merkin" throws away conventional narrative to tell the story of a director making a film about his life; not to mention it's also a musical. Some parts are dated and hard to follow. Director Anthony Newly was married to Joan Collins. Collins also appears in the film. Collins has a certain expression like, how did I end up in this film? All criticism aside, "Hieronymous Merkin" is quite funny and breathtaking with it's amazing surrealist imagery. If Woody Allen, Fellini and Jodorowsky were to of collaborated on a musical with Jacques Demi, it may be something like this film. Newly can get annoying at times with his inflated ego and sex drive. He tells about marriage, infidelity, having kids, being in show business and his various sex-capades. Memorable dream like images include the Merry go round sequence, Merkin as a string puppet, his bed which lies in the ocean on the beach side and a crazy sequence with a nude girl who is a human wind up toy like object. I sure wish they would release this film on DVD. There are not many films like it. Love it or hate it, it's completely original; especially the super catchy song "Picadilly Lilly". Must be seen to be believed.


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