Merton of the Movies is a 1924 American comedy film directed by James Cruze, written by Walter Woods, and starring Glenn Hunter and Viola Dana. It is based on the George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly 1922 play of the same name, which in turn was based on Harry Leon Wilson's novel, also titled Merton of the Movies.
|Merton of the Movies|
|Directed by||James Cruze|
|Written by||Walter Woods (scenario)|
|Based on||novel Merton of the Movies by Harry Leon Wilson|
play by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|November 3, 1924|
|80 minutes; 8 reels (7,655 feet)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Glenn Hunter had originated the role of Merton Gill in the Broadway play and reprised his role in this film. Since the play had depended on funny dialogue, the movie (being silent) was opened up and a good deal of slapstick used instead. Thomas Hischak described the result as "uneven" although "Hunter still pleases and there are some droll performances by the supporting cast".
Merton is an aspiring movie actor. He is a terrible actor but when the movie executives see how funny his overacting is, they cast him in a comedy, but tell him that he's acting in a drama.
- Glenn Hunter as Merton Gill
- Charles Sellon as Pete Gashwiler
- Sadie Gordon as Mrs. Gaswiler
- Gale Henry as Tessie Kearns
- Luke Cosgrove as Lowell Hardy
- Viola Dana as Sally Montague or 'Flips'
- DeWitt Jennings as Jeff Baird
- Elliott Rothe as Harold Parmalee
- Charles Ogle as Mr. Montague
- Ethel Wales as Mrs. Montague
- Frank Jonasson as Henshaw
- Eleanor Lawson as Mrs. Patterson
- Hischak, Thomas S. (2012). American Literature on Stage and Screen: 525 Works and Their Adaptations. McFarland. p. 144. ISBN 978-0786468423. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
- "Merton of the Movies". Silent Era. Retrieved February 20, 2017.
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