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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.

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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 ... 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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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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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

According to all references on the soundtrack LP, as well as the film posters, the correct spelling of the title is "Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness" - that is, with the E before the I, contrary to the standard spelling of Hieronymus. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Hieronymous Merkin: You Hollywood people! If Van Gogh could see what you did to his life story, there goes the other ear. And if old Tootles Lautrec could see what you did to *his* life story, he'd punch you all in the knee.
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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

Sweet Love Child
(uncredited)
Performed by Anthony Newley
Music by Anthony Newley
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
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Remember when this was made.
10 April 2005 | by HarlandisSee all my reviews

I've read some raves and some scathing reviews of this film. The reviewers seem wildly opposed.

What one should remember when viewing this work is the era when it was made. The world was a little different in the late '60s; the war in Vietnam was beginning to be opposed vehemently, nudity and profanity were being more tolerated in films, and a new era of permissiveness was dawning. Films that came out at this time were taking more "avante garde" chances, and there were as many misses as hits.

This film was a mixture of good and bad scenes, but never-the-less an interesting work. The humor in it is somewhat crude, and the music has neither enough polish, or conversely, edge to work completely.

I do remember being entertained by the film, and isn't that the bottom line? Trying to compare it to today's standards is not a valid comparison. No one would try to compare Chaplin's films with Eddie Murphy's. This work is one that will probably stay obscure, because it was more of an experiment than an expression.

Bottom line: A mixture of good and bad comedy, music and philosophy. See it for yourself and see if you can eke out a valid point of view.


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