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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.

Director:

Anthony Newley
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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 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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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 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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Trivia

When the main character meets his dream girl, Mercy Humppe, as she rides a merry-go-round, she tells him she knows who he is, calling him "Heironymus Codpiece." A codpiece is a flap or pouch attached to the front of the crotch of men's trousers over the genitals while a merkin is a wig for covering the denuded pubic region. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[repeated line]
Goodtime Eddie Filth: Definitely Hall of Flame material.
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Crazy Credits

May we remind patrons that contributions to the Yetta Lipschitz Academy for the Performing Arts are tax deductible. 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

Piccadilly Lilly
(uncredited)
Performed by Anthony Newley and Bruce Forsyth
Music by Anthony Newley
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
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Breathtaking images make this overly ego-centric film a treat.
17 February 2006 | by NateManDSee all my reviews

"Can Hieronymous Merkin ever forget Merci Humppe and find true Happiness?" has to win an award for being the strangest title for a film ever. Partially semi autobiographical comedy in the vein of Fellini and Woody Allen. "Hieronymous Merkin" throws away conventional narrative to tell the story of a director making a film about his life; not to mention it's also a musical. Some parts are dated and hard to follow. Director Anthony Newly was married to Joan Collins. Collins also appears in the film. Collins has a certain expression like, how did I end up in this film? All criticism aside, "Hieronymous Merkin" is quite funny and breathtaking with it's amazing surrealist imagery. If Woody Allen, Fellini and Jodorowsky were to of collaborated on a musical with Jacques Demi, it may be something like this film. Newly can get annoying at times with his inflated ego and sex drive. He tells about marriage, infidelity, having kids, being in show business and his various sex-capades. Memorable dream like images include the Merry go round sequence, Merkin as a string puppet, his bed which lies in the ocean on the beach side and a crazy sequence with a nude girl who is a human wind up toy like object. I sure wish they would release this film on DVD. There are not many films like it. Love it or hate it, it's completely original; especially the super catchy song "Picadilly Lilly". Must be seen to be believed.


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