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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 »
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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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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?

When the film was originally released in 1969, some newspapers refused to advertise it, compelling cinephiles to call up their local theaters to learn the title. A few theaters even temporarily expanded their marquees to fit the entire title. Other theaters truncated the title to "Heironymous Merkin".See more »
Continuity: The color of Thumbelina's ice-cream cone changes between brown and white and pink.See more »
Fat Writer:We had to cut the part out where you go to prison. We just couldn't get a song out of it.See more »
Movie Connections:
References (1963)See more »
Oh What a Son of a Bitch I AmSee more »


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…Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe And Find True Happiness? (Anthony Newley, 1969) **, 30 June 2006
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Little seen ego-trip for the resistible talents of writer/producer/director/composer/star Anthony Newley (featuring his then-wife Joan Collins) which, due to its copious and gratuitous nudity (including its creator!), is surely the most notorious production ever to be filmed in Malta – and, consequently, something of a holy grail for local film buffs! Given its unavailability, then, I wasn't overly disappointed in the poor (but certainly not unwatchable) quality of the print – and the film itself, possessing a certain sense of style, wasn't as worthless as its reputation would have it!

In itself, a flashy and pretentious semi-autobiographical piece obviously inspired by Fellini's 8½ (1963), it's largely set on a beach where the protagonist is apparently mounting a film based on his own life (how self-indulgent can you get?). In fact, what plot there is resolves itself into a music-hall revue with plenty of rather quaint musical numbers (one of which is reprised ad nauseam throughout) by Newley and others. These, however, are often interrupted by the surprising presence of legendary American showmen George Jessel (as a wise-cracking, white-clad Angel Of Death figure, dubbed "The Presence") and Milton Berle as the Mephistophelean Goodtime Eddie Filth.

Newley's choice of character names is, if anything, admirably Fieldsan: indeed, here, Heironymus Merkin is torn between Collins' Polyester Poontang and Playboy playmate Connie Kreski's Mercy Humppe (hence the film's unwieldy title). Occasionally, too, Merkin is able to step out of character in order to observe his own actions enacted, in the interim, by a blank-faced dummy! Also incorporated is an irrelevant adult-oriented fairy-tale, entitled "The Princess And The Donkey", involving the intimate relationship between one Trampolena Whambang and a mule (which then turns into a dwarf!); amazingly, this infamous sequence was filmed in Malta's Presidential Palace!! The cast includes other familiar faces such as Stubby Kaye as Merkin's long-suffering scriptwriter and Victor Spinetti as a bewildered film critic who, perhaps justly, blames Fellini for Merkin's (and, by extension, Newley's) folie de grandeur.

There's a possible goof, too, in the appearance of a religious statue in the background during one of the beach sequences; this was supposedly removed for filming purposes and, consequently, has been the cause of much consternation locally to this day! I'm also confused by the film's actual running time: the X-rated version I watched, which one would assume to be uncut, ran for 107 mins. (with the trimmed R-rated version being 106 mins. long)…but the BBFC gives its complete length as 117 mins.!

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