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The Groove Tube (1974)

R | | Comedy | 5 June 1975 (Sweden)
A collection of skits that make fun of 1970s television, featuring early appearances by Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Shapiro ...
Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / Robert Elgin / Mahetma Yenta / Lionel Elgin / Dancing Man ('Just You - Just Me')
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Rodriguez / Leo Batfish / The President / The Hooker
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The Fingers / Geritan / Four Leaf Clover
Buzzy Linhart ...
The Hitchhiker
Richmond Baier ...
The Girl
Berkeley Harris ...
The Rich Guy
Jennifer Welles ...
The Geritan Girl
Roy Wallace ...
The Gorillas
Kirtus Allen ...
Gorilla
Laura Glicken ...
The Gorillas
Hal Fore ...
Gorilla
Jennifer Zens ...
The Gorillas
Leo Petrie ...
Gorilla
Lane Sarasohn ...
The Dancing Policeman / The Assassin
Paul Norman ...
Mouth Appeal / Sex Olympics
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A collection of skits that make fun of television. Everything from commercials to the nightly news are spoofed. Chevy Chase makes a brief (as well as his debut), appearance. Written by K.L.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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What turns the apes on? What makes a cop dance in the street? What has the night tonic done for her? Who chases her through the woods? What can Butz Beer do for you? Why are they eating grass? See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 June 1975 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Brown 25  »

Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$20,447,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

'Movies on TV and Videocassette' state that this film "started out life in an off-Broadway showcase where the sketches were seen on TV screens". Further, according to Wikipedia, "the film was originally produced to be shown at the Channel One Theater on East 60th St. in New York, a venue that featured R-rated video recordings shown on three television sets, which was a novelty to the audiences of the time". Moreover, according to the 'Virgin Film Guide', "The Groove Tube was an outgrowth of 'Channel One', a comedy troupe [in an off-Broadway experimental multimedia theatre] formed in 1967, by [Ken] Shapiro, Lane Sarasohn, and Chevy Chase. Instead of performing live, they videotaped parodies of TV and showed them in a ratty theater in Greenwich village. (Chase left early on and was replaced by Richard Belzer). After touring a collection of Channel One's best bits to colleges, Shapiro transferred them to film and assembled this movie". See more »

Goofs

Microphone visible in "Dealers" bathroom scene. See more »

Quotes

Hooker: Lionel? That sounds like a train, I'm gonna do a "non-stop" on you choo-choo.
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Connections

Referenced in When Death Calls (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Fingers
Arranged by Buzzy Linhart
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24 December 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

One of the funniest comedies I have ever seen and the funniest scenes are the first so you'll be laughing right of the bat! No matter what your taste there is something here to make you laugh.

Find out how early man discovered fire and music. Learn how to bake festive cakes. A clown that cuts the crap. A couple of dealers that have major issues. Learn a lesson in hitch hiking. Recycling like you've not thought of before.

This movie is innovative, slick and rememberable. Can't wait to watch it again :)

This is a must see!


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