Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?

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  • Genre(s): Comedy Musical
  • Release year: 1969
  • Running time: 107 min
Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? is a 1969 British musical film directed by and starring Anthony Newley. Newley played the autobiographical title role of Merkin, an internationally successful singer approaching... read more

Can Heironymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? is a 1969 British musical film directed by and starring Anthony Newley. Newley played the autobiographical title role of Merkin, an internationally successful singer approaching middle age who retells his life story in a series of production numbers on a seashore in front of his two toddlers (played by Newley's actual children Tara and Alexander) and aged mother. Merkin focuses on his promiscuous relationships with women, particularly Polyester Poontang (played by Newley's wife Joan Collins) and the adolescent Mercy Humppe (Playboy centerfold Connie Kreski). Merkin is constantly surrounded by a Satan-like procurer, Goodtime Eddie Filth (Milton Berle), and an angelic 'Presence' (George Jessel) who interrupts Merkin's biography with cryptic Borscht Belt-level jokes to denote births and deaths in Merkin's life. Newley periodically steps out of character to complain about his 'Merkin' role with an unseen director (voiced by Newley), two screenwriters, the film's producers and a trio of blasé movie critics who are turned off by the story's eroticism and lack of plot.

Original Release

03/19/1969

Cast

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
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Anthony Newley

Writers

Anthony Newley, Herman Raucher

Cast

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
Judy Cornwell Filigree Fondle
Margaret Nolan Little Assistance
Yolanda Trampolena Whambang
Ronald Radd Critic Bentley
Rosalind Knight Critic Penelope
Victor Spinetti Critic Sharpnose
Julian Orchard Red Cardinal

Producers

Editors

Bernard Gribble

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