Friday, November 17, 2006

Newley's Folly

After the success of his stage hit, Stop the World, I Want to Get Off, some studio executives had the bright idea to greenlight an entire movie devoted to the personality of tunesmith Anthony Newley. Of course, with the relaxing censorship standards of the time, it was only natural to let him run wild in... an X-rated sex comedy? Sure, why not? After Dr. Strangelove, long, self-indulgent titles were all the rage, so poor theater marquee owners were thus stuck trying to spell Can Hieronymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? above theaters around the world. This 1969 commercial flop from Universal stars Newley as Hieronymous in a Fellini-inspired tale about a young man who pines for his true love while being led by "Goodtime Eddie Filth" (Milton Berle) through a string of women including Polyester Poontang, played by Joan Collins, of course. Very difficult to see now for obvious reasons; keep an eye out for late night cable screenings.

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Anonymous John said...

I can't wait to give this a listen!
Thank you!

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic post!

2:04 AM  
Blogger mel said...

This movie was never shown in my neck of the woods so this'll be the first time I'm hearing it.
Many thanks for the opportunity.

You don't happen to have Stop The World (not the soundtrack but the original cast stage show), do you?

Regards - Mel.

5:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the soundtracks to all these films. I haven't seen many of them but being able to hear the score gives me some idea of what they're like!

12:52 PM  
Blogger Brother Thaddeus said...

many thanks for this post; now if I can just find the actual film so I can watch it !!

the score will do for now tho...

can i make a plug - i started my own soundtrack blog. i invite everyone to come & take a look and of course partake of the music.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Brother Thaddeus said...

oops - sorry, i didnt post the link to my site (it was late at night)...anyway here it is:

7:00 AM  
Blogger Dr Gittfinger said...

I've been trying to track this movie down for ages - I seem to remember it being listed as one of the few BOMBs in the Maltin guide. Thanks very much for a great share, by the way!

3:34 AM  
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