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Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? (19-Mar-1969)

Director: Anthony Newley

Writers: Anthony Newley; Herman Raucher

Keywords: Comedy

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Milton Berle
12-Jul-1908 27-Mar-2002 Mr. Television
Joan Collins
23-May-1933   Alexis on Dynasty
Bruce Forsyth
TV Personality
22-Feb-1928 18-Aug-2017 Sunday Night at the Palladium
Robert Hutton
11-Jun-1920 7-Aug-1994 Hollywood Canteen
George Jessel
3-Apr-1898 24-May-1981 Toastmaster General of the United States
Stubby Kaye
11-Nov-1918 14-Dec-1997 Guys and Dolls
Anthony Newley
24-Sep-1931 14-Apr-1999 Artful Dodger in Oliver Twist
Victor Spinetti
2-Sep-1933 19-Jun-2012 Oh! What A Lovely War


Review by D. Romero (posted on 28-Sep-2007)

Like the other reviews, this movie sticks in my memory due to it's weirdness. I was 18, at a drive-in, and under the influence of a mild mind altering drug. The film was often a film within a film within a film...far out. As I recall it was filled with nudity (as most movies were then) and, when I think about it, rather risque themes, which included pedophillia and bisexuality. As it was a musical, the tunes were interesting, but not really catchy. I would love to see the film again, but I have found that reality sometimes ruins a pleasent memory. It was years later that I discovered what a merkin and a mercy humppe was.

Review by B. Harrald (posted on 17-Feb-2005)

The only reason for my giving this movie four stars, is because it has remained in my memory for so long that it must have made an impact on me that most movies do not. Maybe, because it was the most wierd movie I had seen, up to that time (1969). I was 16 years old and can still remember that I was at the drive-in movie with my girl and remember the night quite well. I have diluted memories of the movie, but I do remember Mr. Newley and Ms. Collins very well, indeed. I would love to see the movie again, just to see if it still deserves four stars.

Review by Jeff Jacobs (posted on 18-Oct-2005)

I am in complete agreement with the first reviewer. I was searching for a CD or DVD of the movie when I stumbled across this review. This film has stuck in my mind since I saw it for the first -- and last -- time in 1969. I bought the soundtrack at the time, which served to keep the memory of the movie fresh in my mind. Although the movie itself was not one of the best, hence my three stars, but Anthony Newley could sing. Few performers could hold a note like Newley, as he demonstrated in the film's "I'm All I Need."

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