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Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984)

The story of Ernie Kovacs, a talented radio and TV presenter and entertainer ahead of his time, who tried to make his shows as innovative and quirky as budget and censorship would allow. Ignored during life, celebrated after death.

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Lamont Johnson

Writer:

April Smith
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Goldblum ... Ernie Kovacs
Melody Anderson ... Edie Adams
Madolyn Smith Osborne ... Dorothy Kovacs
John Glover ... Pierre Lafitte
Cloris Leachman ... Mary Kovacs
Joseph Mascolo ... Richards
Jordan Charney ... Harry Ascot
Francis X. McCarthy ... Judge (as Frank McCarthy)
Lois De Banzie Lois De Banzie ... Mrs. Enke
Murphy Dunne Murphy Dunne ... Leon Lane
Steven M. Porter ... Rusty Valentine
Edie Adams ... Mae West
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Miss Deal
Weldon Bleiler Weldon Bleiler ... Bum Detective (as Weldon Boyce Bleiler)
Bryan Englund Bryan Englund ... Cab Driver
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The story of Ernie Kovacs, a talented radio and TV presenter and entertainer ahead of his time, who tried to make his shows as innovative and quirky as budget and censorship would allow. Ignored during life, celebrated after death.

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Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernie Kovacs See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Some chuckles
13 October 2007 | by onepotato2See all my reviews

In the absence of being able to watch Ernie Kovacs episodes, I settled on this movie one night. As a kid I would watch Kovacs show with my parents approving in their loungers behind me, because they recognized him as a creative original (and my parents are super old-school!) The three of us would find plenty of things to chuckle about, as everyone; phonies, conformists, TV show hosts, simpering poets, a trio in gorillas masks; were all set up and mowed down for our enjoyment.

Ditto for this movie. While Goldblum may not be too much like Kovacs, there were scenes that made me laugh in exactly the same way Kovacs had. Kovacs loved a good put-on & absurdity was the unifying thread of his show. Kovacs search for his kids was the typical stuff of made for TV movies, but I still laugh over some scenes in this. The sequence where Kovacs is reviewing his contract and puts on pair of glasses to read the fine print, then another pair over those, then another pair over those, while playing it sincere is exactly the kind of screwy humor my family held in high respect.


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