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Anthony Newley (writer)
Herman Raucher (writer)
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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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A wonderfully zany and felliniesque yet sadly neglected cult classic. See more (27 total) »


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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
Charles Davis .... construction manager (uncredited)
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 (certificate #21870) | USA:R (certificate #21870) (re-rating)

Did You Know?

Playboy magazine devoted ten pages of one of its 1969 issues to this film, complete with photographs of many of the nude female stars. Connie Kreski was cast as Mercy Hummpe after being named Playmate of the Year in 1969.See more »
Continuity: The color of Thumbelina's ice-cream cone changes between brown and white and pink.See more »
Skinny Writer:Fade out on director and writers confused and unable to think of an ending.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Birth of a Nation (1915)See more »
If All the World's a StageSee more »


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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A wonderfully zany and felliniesque yet sadly neglected cult classic., 1 February 2000
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Anthony Newly stars in this musical comedy about the life of Hieronymus Merkin, a sex obsessed writer/singer/director/actor/ and a truly perverse character. It seems like a drug induced dream filled with bizarre sequences, crazy songs, erie cinematography and racy exploitations which seem shocking considering it was made it 1969. The whole picture is shot on an island as it cuts between the actual film and Hieronymus screening the film while in production along with the crew, producers, and the critics. The basic plot is that Hieronymus a fatherless boy meets up with a manager (Milton Berie) who turns him into a superstar. Thousands of women line up in front of his bed waiting to make love to him. He marries a former lover of his and she gives birth to a child defected with a huge hole in its back. The baby soon after dies in hospital and Mrs. Merkin leaves Hieronymus. Hieronymus despite the objections of the writers, critics and everyone else insists on telling about the raciest most shocking part of his life. His immoral affair with the child beauty Mercy Humppe. He remarries to Polly (Joan Crawford) and switches off between Polly and Mercy and finally leaves Mercy.

The film is an absurd X rated romp though a land of sexual excess and unconventional perversion that portray women as only a 1960's film can. Although this film is not for all tastes, exceedingly fine performances, unpredictable twists, and uproarious humor make this film a true cult classic that reminds one of A Clockwork Orange at times. An R rated version also exists.

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