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Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  14 May 1984 (USA)
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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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Edie Adams
Madolyn Smith Osborne ...
Dorothy Kovacs
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Pierre Lafitte
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Mary Kovacs
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Harry Ascot
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Judge (as Frank McCarthy)
Lois De Banzie ...
Mrs. Enke
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Leon Lane
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Miss Deal
Weldon Bleiler ...
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Bryan Englund ...
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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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13 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the absence of being able to watch Ernie Kovacs episodes, I settled on this movie one night. As a kid I would watch Kovacs show with my parents approving in their loungers behind me, because they recognized him as a creative original (and my parents are super old-school!) The three of us would find plenty of things to chuckle about, as everyone; phonies, conformists, TV show hosts, simpering poets, a trio in gorillas masks; were all set up and mowed down for our enjoyment.

Ditto for this movie. While Goldblum may not be too much like Kovacs, there were scenes that made me laugh in exactly the same way Kovacs had. Kovacs loved a good put-on & absurdity was the unifying thread of his show. Kovacs search for his kids was the typical stuff of made for TV movies, but I still laugh over some scenes in this. The sequence where Kovacs is reviewing his contract and puts on pair of glasses to read the fine print, then another pair over those, then another pair over those, while playing it sincere is exactly the kind of screwy humor my family held in high respect.


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