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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

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Goodtime Eddie Filth: Hey, Eroticus, do you want me to throw you a line? I wish someone would throw me a line in this picture.
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References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

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Picadilly Lilly
Performed by Anthony Newley and Bruce Forsyth
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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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