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Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979)

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Mike O'Donoghue's parody of "Mondo Cane" showcases curious performers, strange musicians, celebrity mutations and unusual short films, including Thomas Alva Edison's "Elephant Electrocution".

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Michael O'Donoghue ...
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Church of Jack Lord leader / Himself
Rhonda Coullet ...
Singer at Church of Jack Lord
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Herself
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Herself
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Herself (voice)
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Herself (as Deborah Harry)
Sarah Holcomb ...
Herself
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Herself
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Herself
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Herself
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Himself
Foster MacKenzie III ...
Root Boy Slim / Himself (as Root Boy Slim)
Edie Baskin ...
Herself
Robert Delford Brown ...
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Mike O'Donoghue's parody of "Mondo Cane" showcases curious performers, strange musicians, celebrity mutations and unusual short films, including Thomas Alva Edison's "Elephant Electrocution".

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The TV show that can't be shown on TV!

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21 September 1979 (USA)  »

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The "haunting" ballad 'Mondo Video', heard over the opening and closing credits, is sung to the tune of the surf guitar classic 'Telstar'. See more »

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Carrie Fisher: I wouldn't kick Ralph Nader outta bed
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Crazy Credits

(After the credits): If you enjoyed "Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" you'll love "Mr. Mike's Gandhi" soon to be a major motion picture directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Ben Kingsley. See more »

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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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Telstar
Written by Joe Meek
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Welcome to the crazy world of Michael O'Donoghue
15 May 2001 | by (Haddonfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Mr. Mike's Mondo Video" is almost indescribable in terms of its mind-blowing bizarreness. This is Michael O'Donoghue's vision unfettered and it's not a pretty sight. (This is, of course, not to discount the contributions of his fellow writers Mitch Glazer, Emily Prager and Dirk Wittenborn, but this is Mr. Mike's show through and through.)

This is definitely the sort of film that has a polarizing effect on its audience. You either love it or hate it; it's hard to feel indifferent about it. Personally, I think it's brilliant, even if each individual segment isn't. Some things -- like the Klaus Nomi dream sequence and the cat tossing -- go on a bit too long, but they're almost invariably followed by something which is outrageous and/or laugh-out-loud funny. (My favorite segments are the non sequitur-like commercial lead-ins --"Gig Young's groceries... Looking up Cheryl Tieg's dress.")

A must-see for fans of Michael O'Donoghue. As a cultural document it is irreplaceable.


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