Merton of the Movies (1924)





Cast overview:
Glenn Hunter ... Merton Gill
Charles Sellon ... Pete Gashwiler
Sadie Gordon Sadie Gordon ... Mrs. Gaswiler
Gale Henry ... Tessie Kearns
Luke Cosgrave ... Lowell Hardy
Viola Dana ... Sally Montague, 'Flips'
DeWitt Jennings ... Jeff Baird
Elliott Rothe Elliott Rothe ... Harold Parmalee
Charles Ogle ... Mr. Montague
Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Montague
Frank Jonasson Frank Jonasson ... Henshaw
Eleanor Lawson Eleanor Lawson ... Mrs. Patterson


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A typically American comedy-drama of a movie-struck youth in a small town who goes to Hollywood to make his fame and fortune---and in no way is it an expose of picture making, rather a tragic, funny and amorous tale of a young man and his ambition and a pretty girl who helps him realize it. See more »









Release Date:

3 November 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les gaietés du cinéma See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Merton of the Movies" by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly opened at the Cort Theatre on November 13, 1922 and ran for 392 performances. See more »


Version of Make Me a Star (1932) See more »

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Another Lost Film
27 July 2014 | by moviessilentlySee all my reviews

This film is missing and presumed lost, please check your attics.

"Merton of the Movies" is a spoof of the scores of actors who flooded Hollywood, acting correspondence courses in hand, hoping to make it big. Merton's problem is that he is a bad actor-- but so bad he is funny! Viola Dana plays his stunt-woman love interest.

It's a shame this movie is lost as it looks delightful. On a side note, any reviews that purport to have seen "Merton of the Movies" should be looked on with suspicion unless the reviewer is able to state the place, time and circumstances under which the film was viewed. Sadly, all too many silent films have disappeared and "Merton" is one of the more tragic cases.

Check those attics!

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