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Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984)

The story of Ernie Kovacs, a talented radio and TV presenter and entertainer ahead of his time, who tried to make his shows as innovative and quirky as budget and censorship would allow. Ignored during life, celebrated after death.

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
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Dorothy Kovacs
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Pierre Lafitte
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Mary Kovacs
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Richards
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Harry Ascot
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Judge (as Frank McCarthy)
Lois De Banzie ...
Mrs. Enke
Murphy Dunne ...
Leon Lane
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Rusty Valentine
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Fran Bennett ...
Miss Deal
Weldon Bleiler ...
Bum Detective (as Weldon Boyce Bleiler)
Bryan Englund ...
Cab Driver
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The story of Ernie Kovacs, a talented radio and TV presenter and entertainer ahead of his time, who tried to make his shows as innovative and quirky as budget and censorship would allow. Ignored during life, celebrated after death.

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Biography | Drama

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PG
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14 May 1984 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Referenced in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) See more »

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A little different; a lot of movie
8 April 2001 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

This is a splendid little sleeper of a movie. Ernie Kovacs was one of the giants of early television. I think he would be pleased with the way Jeff Goldbloom captures his wonky personality. Melody Anderson also distills that of Edie Adams. There is a very basic heart tugging story about the search for Kovacs' two abducted daughters. But at the same time the film is funny --- Cloris Leachman is a hoot as Kovacs impossible mom --- and has many of the offbeat and innovative qualities of the old Kovacs show itself.


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