Merton of the Movies (1947 film)

Merton of the Movies is a 1947 American comedy film, based on the 1922 novel of the same name written by Harry Leon Wilson, and the play of the same name written by George S. Kaufmann and Marc Connelly, which opened on Broadway in 1922. It was previously adapted as a 1924 silent film and as the 1932 film Make Me a Star. The 1947 version stars Red Skelton and is directed by choreographer Robert Alton in his directorial debut.

Merton of the Movies
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Directed byRobert Alton
Written byGeorge Wells
Lou Breslow
Based onMerton of the Movies
by Harry Leon Wilson
Produced byAlbert Lewis
StarringRed Skelton
Virginia O'Brien
Leon Ames
Gloria Grahame
Alan Mowbray
CinematographyPaul Vogel
Edited byFrank E. Hull
Music byDavid Snell
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 11, 1947 (1947-10-11)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,712,000[1]



Due to negative reception from sneak preview audiences, extensive reshoots were required before a widespread release.[2]


According to MGM records the movie earned $1,274,000 in the US and Canada and $438,000 elsewhere, making a loss to the studio of $367,000.[1]

Comic book adaptationEdit


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Film Bulletin Company (1947). Independent Exhibitors Film Bulletin (1947). New York The Museum of Modern Art Library. New York, Film Bulletin Company.
  3. ^ "Fiction House Movie Comics #4". Grand Comics Database.
  4. ^ Fiction House Movie Comics #4 at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)

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