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Merton of the Movies (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 11 October 1947 (USA)
A Kansas bumpkin goes to Hollywood to become a movie star and gets a job burlesquing his favorite actor - only he thinks the role is serious.

Director:

Robert Alton

Writers:

Lou Breslow, Marc Connelly (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Merton Gill aka Clifford Armytage
Virginia O'Brien ... Phyllis Montague
Gloria Grahame ... Beulah Baxter
Leon Ames ... Lawrence Rupert
Alan Mowbray ... Frank Mulvaney
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Jeff Baird
Hugo Haas ... Von Strutt - Director
Harry Hayden ... Mr. Gashwiler
Tom Trout Tom Trout ... Marty
Douglas Fowley ... Phil
Dick Wessel ... Chick
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Dugan ... Sam Montague (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

In 1915, Kansas theatre usher Merton Gill is a rabid silent-movie fan. When he brings Mammoth Studios free publicity by imitating star Lawrence Rupert's heroics, they bring him to Hollywood to generate another headline; he thinks he'll get a movie contract. Disillusioned, he haunts the casting offices, where he meets and is consoled by Phyllis Montague, bit player and stunt-woman. When Merton finally gets his "break," though, it's not quite what he envisioned... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Red Skelton's Howling Hit About Hollywood!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscame en Hollywood See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was Virginia O'Brien's final starring role and the last film she made for MGM. After this she had small roles in two later films but otherwise retired from the screen. See more »

Quotes

Beulah Baxter: [Introducing Merton to champagne] It's made of grapes... like fruit juice. The Frenchman that sold it to me explained the whole thing one night. We... well, ordered a boat load.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Light Cavalry Overture
(uncredited)
Music by Franz von Suppé
Played when everyone heads of to Rupert's for breakfast
Played during the preview
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I don't care what Leonard Maltin says
18 July 2001 | by Jade-16See all my reviews

Today as part of a Red Skelton tribute on his birthday TCM showed this among many of his other movies, and I'd like to say that even though I only tuned in in time to see only half of this movie, Merton was no disappointment! You're not exactly splitting your sides, but you are entertained and amused as long as you are watching it. Skelton makes it look so easy, but achieving what he was able to while keeping his comedy clean as a whistle is pure genius and well worth watching!


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