|Merton of the Movies|
1924 movie poster
|Directed by||James Cruze|
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor|
|Written by||Walter Woods (scenario)|
|Based on||novel Merton of the Movies by Harry Leon Wilson|
play by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|November 3, 1924|
|80 minutes; 8 reels(7,655 feet)|
Merton of the Movies is a 1924 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.
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 – Merton Gill
- Charles Sellon – Pete Gashwiler
- Sadie Gordon – Mrs. Gaswiler
- Gale Henry – Tessie Kearns
- Luke Cosgrove – Lowell Hardy
- Viola Dana – Sally Montague or 'Flips'
- DeWitt Jennings – Jeff Baird
- Elliott Rothe – Harold Parmalee
- Charles Ogle – Mr. Montague
- Ethel Wales – Mrs. Montague
- Frank Jonasson – Henshaw
- Eleanor Lawson – Mrs. Patterson
- List of lost films
- Hollywood (1923), a film about movies also directed by James Cruze and also a lost film
- 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.
- Merton of the Movies (1924) at IMDB
- synopsis at AllMovie
- Merton of the Movies (1924) at SilentEra
- Viola Dana and Glenn Hunter
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