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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')
...
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 ...
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.

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ALL IS REVEALED IN THE GROOVE TUBE See more »

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Comedy

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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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Aspect Ratio:

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

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 »

Quotes

Ko-ko: [high-pithced clown voice] Are all the little people here for "make believe time"? All of the big people out of the room? Oh-kay...
[Ko-Ko sighs and moves to a desk, removes his clown nose and puts on reading glasses]
Ko-ko: [regular male voice] Ok. Now I have, uh... a request here from Vicky Ulanet of Fort Wayne, she asks for page 47 of Fanny Hill by John Cleland.
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Connections

Spin-off The One Arm Bandit (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Fingers
Arranged by Buzzy Linhart
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The 'Great Grandaddy" of them all
12 April 1999 | by (Ladson,SC) – See all my reviews

If you liked "Kentucky Fried Movie" (predecessor to the Zucker's "Airplane") you need to see the original 'skit' movie. The 'Groove Tube' is the GREAT GRANDADDY of the skit movies'. Nothing but one comedy skit after another. Many are very funny, some are a little dated. But hey, if you don't like one, the next is sure to get you. I saw the thing when it first came out, and 25 years later, when we are working in the kitchen, I STILL tell my wife to "Take the cherry pits... and put them in the olives... and garnish with a small American Flag!" Crazy.


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