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Anthony Newley (writer)
Herman Raucher (writer)
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Release Date:
26 March 1970 (Australia) See more »
Heironymus Merkin, the most talented movie star who ever sang, danced and loved girls, girls, girls. See more »
Heironymus Merkin screens an autobiographical movie of his life, growth and moral decay. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Anthony Newley ... Heironymus Merkin

Joan Collins ... Polyester Poontang
Alexander Newley ... Thaxted
Tara Newley ... Thumbelina

Milton Berle ... Goodtime Eddie Filth
Connie Kreski ... Mercy Humppe

George Jessel ... The Presence
Bruce Forsyth ... Uncle Limelight
Patricia Hayes ... Grandma
Stubby Kaye ... Fat Writer
Ronald Rubin ... Skinny Writer

Louis Negin ... Producer Peter

Tom Stern ... Producer Ron
Ronald Radd ... Critic Bentley
Rosalind Knight ... Critic Penelope

Victor Spinetti ... Critic Sharpnose
Julian Orchard ... Red Cardinal

Judy Cornwell ... Filigree Fondle
Desmond Walter-Ellis ... Philip Bluster
Bernard Stone ... Icicle Ike

Margaret Nolan ... Little Assistance
Yolanda ... Trampolena Whambang
Sally Douglas ... Automation Bunny
Roy Desmond ... The Mask
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lynda Baron ... Baby Boobala Salesgirl (uncredited)
Joyce Blair ... Oat-O-Rinos Girl (uncredited)

Bruce Boa ... Car Salesman (uncredited)
Robin Bullivant ... Oat-O-Rinos Teenager (uncredited)
Berry Cornish ... Fran (uncredited)
Gilly Grant ... Miss Maidenhead Fern (uncredited)
Mike Higgins ... The Prompter (uncredited)
Isobel Hurll ... Marge (uncredited)

Robert Hutton ... Insurance Agent (uncredited)
Laurie Leigh ... Toothpaste Mother (uncredited)
Aleta Morrison ... Harriet (uncredited)
Eve Pearce ... Floor Wax Housewife (uncredited)
John Poore ... Toothpaste Teenager (uncredited)
Margo Segrave ... Miss Hope Climax (uncredited)
Sue Shepherd ... Miss Quiche Lorraine (uncredited)
Muriel Young ... Liz Harper (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Newley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Anthony Newley  writer
Herman Raucher  writer

Produced by
George Fowler .... associate producer
Anthony Newley .... producer
Original Music by
Anthony Newley 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller 
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
Art Direction by
Bill Constable  (as William Constable)
Set Decoration by
Scott Slimon (set decor)
Costume Design by
Loudon Sainthill 
Makeup Department
R.L. Alexander .... makeup artist
Mervyn Medalie .... hair stylist
Production Management
Dennis Gardiner .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Frift .... first assistant director
Mike Higgins .... second assistant director
Stuart Black .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dave Everall .... rigger
Don Mingaye .... assistant art director
Sound Department
David Campling .... sound editor
Wally Milner .... sound
Ken Scrivener .... sound mixer
Mike Tucker .... sound camera operator
Special Effects by
Peter Hutchinson .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernard Ford .... camera operator
Ginger Gemmel .... camera operator (as Neil Ginger Gemmell)
Peter Hannan .... focus puller
Animation Department
Errol Le Cain .... animator
Richard Williams .... animation director: title sequence
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hilda Geerdts .... wardrobe
Music Department
Peter Knight .... music arranger
Herbert Kretzmer .... lyrics
David Lindup .... music arranger
Philip Martell .... musical director
Harry Robertson .... music arranger (as Harry Robinson)
Other crew
Johnny Greenland .... choreographer
Constance Willis .... continuity (as Connie Willis)
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
".... Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?" - USA (closing credits title)
"Den umættelige elsker" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Hieronymus - seksipirtelö" - Finland
"Le carrousel fantastique" - France (imdb display title)
"Se o Leito Falasse..." - Brazil (imdb display title)
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USA:107 min | UK:117 min (1969 cut version)
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Australia:M (1969 cut version) | Australia:SOA (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | UK:X | USA:X | USA:R (re-rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: The color of Thumbelina's ice-cream cone changes between brown and white and pink.See more »
Goodtime Eddie Filth:Hey, Anonymous... I mean, Heironymus. Where have you been? Everyone has missed you. My boy, I'd like to introduce one of my finest temptresses. Her name is Hope Climax.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Birth of a Nation (1915)See more »
When You Gotta GoSee more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Magickal Overview, 29 January 2010
Author: loredenizen from United States

This is an extraordinary film. But it's not for everyone, and it must be viewed in it's context.

There was a time when Anthony Newley was one of the biggest stars in the world. With two hit Broadway musicals and a slew of movies under his belt, and songs STILL being covered by today's artists ("Feeling Good" is currently enjoying a popular resurgence courtesy of Michael Buble'"), Universal Studios gave him carte blanche to make any movie he wanted. Newley had already established a proved track record of using his own life as source material. Making this kind of film was a logical next step for him.

In many respects, this film is a masterpiece. It is utterly unique; visually beautiful, it looks like a lucid dream. Newley was a master of symbolism, and the way he illustrates different levels of reality and different states of consciousness is nothing short of brilliant. Highly "Jungian", this film is meant be viewed and interpreted like a dream. Many reviewers have lambasted "Heironumus" for it's use of symbolism, but on the contrary, that is the beauty and magic of the film. Anyone familiar with the Western Hermetic Tradition will delight in the eloquence with which this movie speaks. It cannot be an accident that "Heironymus" was filmed in Malta, the home of the Knights Templar. It makes one question how deeply into the occult Newley must have been.

PLOT SUMMARY: Heironymus Merkin, a major star, is making a film about his own life, told as a fairy tale/epic myth. He is screening it for his mother and two toddler children. It is his intent that his children know the truth about who their father is, warts and all. The film-within-the-film is still in production, and Heironymus battles with the studio, writers, and critics for the integrity of his personal truth.

The film is:

about mid-life crisis

an exposition of internalized toxic shame

an examination of the repetition compulsion

A confession

a cry for help

a treatise on the unreality of life

a rare look at celebrity-hood from a celebrity's point of view

a self-portrait of a sex-addict

a dissertation on erotic mania

AND it's a musical-comedy.

The movie is many things, confusing, because Newley was himself confused. Then again, aren't we all to some degree? The greatest thing about "Heironymus" is all the questions it brings up. It inspires deep process, and that is what makes it Art, and a true gift to the world.

I am committed to helping this film finding it's audience.

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