In 1915, Kansas theatre usher Merton Gill is a rabid silent-movie fan. When he brings Mammoth Studios free publicity by imitating star Lawrence Rupert's heroics, they bring him to Hollywood to generate another headline; he thinks he'll get a movie contract. Disillusioned, he haunts the casting offices, where he meets and is consoled by Phyllis Montague, bit player and stunt-woman. When Merton finally gets his "break," though, it's not quite what he envisioned.

  1. Robert Alton


  2. Harry Leon Wilson


  3. Lou Breslow


  4. George Wells


Top Billed Cast

  1. Red Skelton

    Red Skelton

    Merton Gill aka Clifford Armytage

  2. Virginia O'Brien

    Virginia O'Brien

    Phyllis Montague

  3. Gloria Grahame

    Gloria Grahame

    Beulah Baxter

  4. Leon Ames

    Leon Ames

    Lawrence Rupert

  5. Alan Mowbray

    Alan Mowbray

    Frank Mulvaney

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Merton of the Movies
Merton of the Movies


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Status Released

Release Information

  • October 11, 1947


Original Language English

Runtime 1h 22m

Budget -

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