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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 overview, first billed only:
Ken Shapiro ...
Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / Robert Elgin / Mahetma Yenta / Lionel Elgin / Dancing Man ('Just You - Just Me')
Rodriguez / Leo Batfish / The President / The Hooker
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 ...
Laura Glicken ...
The Gorillas
Hal Fore ...
Jennifer Zens ...
The Gorillas
Leo Petrie ...
Lane Sarasohn ...
The Dancing Policeman / The Assassin
Paul Norman ...
Mouth Appeal / Sex Olympics


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.

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Release Date:

5 June 1975 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Brown 25  »

Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)


$20,447,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Allmovie reports that "The Groove Tube (1974) was originally rated X" in the USA. Film critic Leonard Maltin concurs that the film was "originally X-rated, later trimmed" for a toned-down modified version. See more »


The opening of the "Channel One Evening News" skit includes a roll call of the reporters to be featured in the program. Among the reporters mentioned is "Freddie Fagu in Minneapolis," but Fagu's segment is missing from the skit. See more »


Rodriguez: [having swallowed a large amount of marijuana in order to evade the police] Do you know we just ate enough shit to kill a fucking army?
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Inspired nonsense
26 October 1998 | by (Tonsberg, Norway) – See all my reviews

We showed this movie at the local Film Society, and the art-house crowd had the time of their cinematic lives. It's tasteless, groovy and very funny in a sixties kind of way. The Kraft Kitchen recipe sketch had them laughing like maniacs. The rest is a mixed bag, but the highs definitely beat the lows. By the way, whatever happened to Ken Shapiro??

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