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5 June 1975 (Sweden) See more »
A collection of skits that make fun of 1970s television, featuring early appearances by Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Ken Shapiro ... Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / Robert Elgin / Mahetma Yenta / Lionel Elgin / Dancing Man ('Just You - Just Me')

Richard Belzer ... Rodriguez / Leo Batfish / The President / The Hooker

Chevy Chase ... 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
Lacey ... Theatre Girl / Girl in the Bathroom
Lincoln Harrice ... Manuel Rodriguez / 'Food for Thought'
Bill Bailey ... Suc Muc Dik
Peter William Blaxill ... Food for Thought
Dennis Helfend ... Food for Thought

Fred Stuthman ... Food for Thought
William Paxton ... The Old Lady / The Junkie

Mary Mendum ... Sex Olympics (as Mary Mendham)

Victoria Medlin ... Mouth Appeal
Christine Nazareth ... Theatre Girl
Robert Fleischman ... The Narc

Alex Stevens ... Butz Beer
Bill Kemmil ... Butz Beer

Martin Kove ... Butz Beer (as Marty Cove)
Tony Paxton ... Butz Beer
Ron Marshall ... The Voice of Butz (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Deborah Courtney ... Golddigger

Directed by
Ken Shapiro 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rich Allen  uncredited
Lane Sarasohn 
Ken Shapiro 

Produced by
Dale Bell .... associate producer
Ken Shapiro .... producer
Cinematography by
Bob Bailin 
Film Editing by
Gary Youngman (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Elke Gordon .... makeup artist
Gloria Natale .... makeup artist
Ruth Pontious .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack Cummins .... unit manager
John Newton .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Medsker .... assistant director: New Mexico
Art Department
Janet Beroza .... props (as Jan Beroza)
Dan Kirshoff .... props
Peter Kunz .... props
Don Mandigo .... carpenter
Gary Martin .... props
Joseph Petruccio Sr. .... carpenter
Roosevelt Roberts .... carpenter
William F. Wardle .... master scenic
Sound Department
Jerry Bruck .... sound recordist
David Hill .... boom operator
Emil Neroda .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Peter Kunz .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Bower .... assistant camera
John Friedberg .... gaffer
Rolf Johnson .... electrician
Michael Lesser .... electrician (as Mike Lesser)
William Mamches .... gaffer
Mel Noped .... key grip
Jeff Norwalk .... assistant grip
Joseph Sciretta .... electrician
Dustin Smith .... key grip
Carl Teitelbaum .... electrician
Animation Department
Pat O'Neill .... animator
Lynda Taylor .... animator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Laurence .... stylist
Lee Nicholson .... stylist
Editorial Department
Irving Rathner .... negative matcher
Music Department
Buzzy Linhart .... musical advisor
Other crew
Carmen Bates .... studio art direction
Mike Battista Jr. .... teamster captain
Margot Breier .... production secretary
Randa Haines .... script supervisor: New Mexico
Ed Mulkeen .... production assistant
Glenna Ross .... script supervisor
Rich Allen .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Brown 25" - USA (segment title)
"Channel One Evening News" - USA (segment title)
"Geritan" - USA (segment title)
"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" - USA (segment title)
"Koko the Clown" - USA (segment title)
"Kramp TV Kitchen" - USA (segment title)
"Mouth Appeal" - USA (segment title)
"The Dealers" - USA (segment title)
"The Koko Show" - USA (segment title)
"Wasted" - USA (segment title)
"Wild World of Sports" - USA (segment title)
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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Québec) | Finland:K-18 | France:Tous publics | Netherlands:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (uncut) | USA:R (certificate #1119) (edited for re-rating) | USA:X (original rating)

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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 »
Boom mic visible: Microphone visible in "Dealers" bathroom scene.See more »
Ko-ko:It seems a boy from Newton let his parents stay in the room during "make belief time", or at least it was his mother, because she called the station, and it's a good thing the management doesn't watch the show, because they thought it was a prank call...See more »
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Referenced in Two Senoritas (1975)See more »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Midnight Madness, 5 January 2000
Author: SanDiego from California

Back in college "midnight movies" at the local theater primarily showed "Barbarella," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," or "The Groove Tube." "The Groove Tube" was the best of that era's skit movies that included "Dynamite Chicken," "The Boob Tube," and even lesser known attempts at showcasing underground comedy troupes like Second City and The Groundlings. The original version was rated X and featured full frontal male and female nudity. I understand that later versions were edited for an R-rating but perhaps with time the film is back together. At the time it seemed raunchy, dirty, gross, underground, and subversive, but with twenty years of Saturday Night Live, Howard Stern, and films ranging from "Porky's" to "Something About Mary," it's more like 'Saturday Night Live, the Movie' (some skits are funny, most are not, nothing we haven't seen elsewhere.) The funniest and most original skit has to do with a children's show that features a man's private parts dressed up to resemble a puppet. I remember real children's show hosts standing on their head and putting a doll's outfit around their upside down mouth. I always thought that was sick. At the time I couldn't believe that "The Groove Tube" got an actor to do a routine with his exposed penis (this was 1975 after all) and it was pretty shocking...and hilarious. It is no longer shocking, but it is still pretty funny. I hope that they didn't edit that out of the recent showings of the movie. I also always wondered who's penis it was. I think it would have been more provocative if they would have had a female host ala Sheri Lewis or Fran of "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie" talk to the penis but like I said it was only 1975.

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