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

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Comedy | Musical

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26 March 1970 (Australia)  »

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(1969 cut)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

Anthony Newley cast his very own children, Tara Newley and Alexander Newley, as his children in order to enhance the film's sense of autobiography. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Hieronymous Merkin: You know, watching this I can honestly say there's never been a woman who commanded even a moment of my regard once I've made love to her. The flowers, the poems, the love songs have all been bribes. And I suddenly realize that not only do I have no respect for women, I may very well hate them. And it's really, I've... I've really been committing a kind of sexual murder, the ritual homicide of the female sex, forever stabbing and reopening the divine wound.
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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 »

Connections

References The Birth of a Nation (1915) See more »

Soundtracks

When You Gotta Go
Performed by George Jessel
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Mecca for Newley fans!
4 April 1999 | by (Worcester, England.) – See all my reviews

Very odd ball, very sixties and in 1999 very cult! This film was Newley's 8 and a half! A very over ambitious project that even Newley admits is flawed, but for fans of the man a marathon film. The score is one of Newley's best. The highlight being "I'm All I Need" sung by Newley in a kaftan on a mountain top, when God decides not to give Merkin a reply to his questions on life. Incidently Connie Kresi who played Mercy Humppe, was the Playboy girl of the year (69) and the magazine featured over 10 pages of preview pictures and interviews. A very rare movie but definitely worth a visit!


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