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Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (1969)

Heironymus Merkin (Anthony Newley) screens an autobiographical movie of his life, growth, and moral decay.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Newley ... Heironymus Merkin
Joan Collins ... Polyester Poontang
Alexander Newley Alexander Newley ... Thaxted
Tara Newley Arkle ... Thumbelina (as Tara Newley)
Milton Berle ... Goodtime Eddie Filth
Connie Kreski Connie Kreski ... Mercy Humppe
George Jessel ... The Presence
Bruce Forsyth ... Uncle Limelight
Patricia Hayes Patricia Hayes ... Grandma
Stubby Kaye ... Fat Writer
Ronald Rubin Ronald Rubin ... Skinny Writer
Louis Negin ... Producer Peter
Tom Stern Tom Stern ... Producer Ron
Ronald Radd ... Critic Bentley
Rosalind Knight ... Critic Penelope
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Storyline

Hieronymus Merkin (Anthony Newley) has recently turned forty, and is in the midst of preparing a movie 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 (Milton Berle). 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 (Connie Kreski). 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. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Trivia

Writer, Producer, and Director Anthony Newley cast his own children, Tara Newley Arkle and Alexander Newley, as his children in order to enhance this movie'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: "Birth of a Nation" was a hit, but imagine how amazing it would have been with a few songs and dances.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

There is both an R-rated and an X-rated version. The R-rated version removes a few seconds of the sex scene with Mercy Humppe following the carousel sequence and tones down the suggestiveness of the "Princess and the Donkey" sequence. The X-rated version contains all the footage cut for the R version. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

If All the World's a Stage
(uncredited)
Performed by Anthony Newley and Chorus
Music by Anthony Newley
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
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Strangely affecting
27 September 2004 | by vlvetmorning98See 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1970 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

.... Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? See more »

Filming Locations:

Piccadilly, London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1969 cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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