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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?

The President of the United States played by Peter Sellers in Stanley Kubrick's satire _Dr. Strangelove (1964)_ was named Merkin Muffley. In 1963, Sellers, Anthony Newley and Joan Collins released a satirical record, "Fool Britannia!", lampooning the Profumo Scandal that had rocked the U.K. (Secretary of State for War John Profumo, a member of the Privy Council, had resigned after lying to the House of Commons about his affair with show girl Christine Keeler, the mistress of a Soviet spy. The Profumo Affair was the subject of the 1989 British film Scandal (1989).) The comedy record, based on improvisational skits written by Newley and Leslie Bricusse, reached #10 on the British album chart in October 1963. In naming the protagonist of his autobiographical movie Merkin, Newley likely was inspired by the name of Sellers's character.See more »
Continuity: The color of Thumbelina's ice-cream cone changes between brown and white and pink.See more »
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.See more »
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Movie to Remember, 30 June 2005
Author: jeff-986 ( from United States

My wife and I saw this film in its original run at the Playboy Theater in Chicago. We fell in love with it and bought the soundtrack album. Still have it. (Remember records?) We loved Anthony Newley. Even saw him in "Stop the World" in 1963 in New York on our honeymoon. (Yes, we're still married!) This film was so innovative and provocative. It dealt with subject matter that had not been seen before. It also had a cast of oldtime comics and actors that was good to see. The music is great, especially the song "I'm All I Need". Wish there was a way to see this movie again to bring back those memories of long ago. For those who have given bad reviews, you must not have understood the meaning of this movie or of his great triumphs "Stop the World" and "Roar of the Greasepaint". A film ahead of its time.

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