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Merton of the Movies (1947)

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.

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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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Buscame en Hollywood See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

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 Merton of the Movies (1924) See more »

Soundtracks

The Man on the Flying Trapeze
Music by Gaston Lyle
Played at the preview when Merton and Phyllis are talking in the lobby
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30 ways of kissing...Skelton-style
8 April 2011 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Kansas theater usher (and dramatic acting school graduate!) thwarts a robbery and is brought out to Hollywood by train in the Silent Era strictly for quick publicity; he winds up living on a park bench waiting for an acting job, and finally gets one filling in for his idol, an irresponsible star who's been hitting the bottle. Third film-version of a play by Marc Connelly and George S. Kaufman, based on Harry Leon Wilson's book, now revamped as a comedic vehicle for Red Skelton. Earliest scenes are best, with our dimply, aw-shucks hero politely scheming his way onto movie sets, with amusing results. Slapstick sequence at a high-toned Men's Club seems to belong to a different picture, although the pay-off there is also funny. Runs out of steam towards the end, however Skelton and Virginia O'Brien are a good match. Direction by former-choreographer Robert Alton is quick on its feet, and there are some big laughs in the first hour. **1/2 from ****


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