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Merton of the Movies

Merton of the Movies by Harry Leon Wilson
By: (1867-1939)

Merton of the Movies is a comedy that centers around Merton Gill, an aspiring dramatic artist from Simsbury, Illinois who makes his way to Hollywood to become a serious actor. How could Merton fail in attaining his dreams after finishing a correspondence course from the General Film Production Company of Stebbinsville, Arkansas, certifying him to be a competent screen actor?

Harry Leon Wilson, the author, was a very popular humor writer in the first decades of the 20th century. This book was made into film several times, the last in 1947 starring Red Skelton.

First Page:

MERTON OF THE MOVIES

By Harry Leon Wilson

To George Ade

CONTENTS

I. DIRTY WORK AT THE BORDER II. THAT NIGHT THE APARTMENTS OF CLIFFORD ARMYTAGE III. WESTERN STUFF IV. THE WATCHER AT THE GATE V. A BREACH IN THE CITY WALLS VI. UNDER THE GLASS TOPS VII. "NOTHING TO DAY, DEAR!" VIII. CLIFFORD ARMYTAGE, THE OUTLAW IX. MORE WAYS THAN ONE X. OF SHATTERED ILLUSIONS XI. THE MONTAGUE GIRL INTERVENES XII. ALIAS HAROLD PARMALEE XIII. GENIUS COMES INTO ITS OWN XIV. OUT THERE WHERE MEN ARE MEN XV. A NEW TRAIL XVI. OF SARAH NEVADA MONTAGUE XVII. MISS MONTAGUE USES HER OWN FACE XVIII. "FIVE REELS 500 LAUGHS" XIX. THE TRAGIC COMEDIAN XX. ONWARD AND UPWARD

CHAPTER I. DIRTY WORK AT THE BORDER

At the very beginning of the tale there comes a moment of puzzled hesitation. One way of approach is set beside another for choice, and a third contrived for better choice. Still the puzzle persists, all because the one precisely right way might seem shall we say intense, high keyed, clamorous? Yet if one way is the only right way, why pause? Courage! Slightly dazed, though certain, let us be on, into the shrill thick of it... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 7, 2015
Subject: Merton of the Movies
A good story, worth the listen, stay with it it continues to improve as it goes along, very well narrated by Margaret.
Reviewer: - September 20, 2015
Subject: Merton of the Movies
So well read!...more than comedy , a tender portrayal of a silly but idealistic young man.


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