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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
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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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14 May 1984 (USA)  »

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" Genius at Work: The Story of Ernie Kovacs "
16 July 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In the earliest days of Television, Ernie Kovacs, laid the foundation for many aspiring talk show hosts, comedians and News Personalties. After his death, there were many who acknowledged his inspirational influences. Having grown up with his unusual humor on our small Black and White TV sets, it came as no surprise when the world passed by this early screen innovator. However, this movie called " Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter " is a great tribute to that remarkable talent. Jeff Goldblum plays Ernie Kovacs and does so with a flair which would have made the late great comedian proud. Kovacs' film begins with his early days when he switched from radio to Black and White Television. His first marriage failed but left him with two beautiful daughters which were kidnapped by his first wife, Dorothy. (Madolyn Smith Osborne) Further into his life, Ernie continues to invocate his way into the world of Television all the while raising the standard, while at the same spending a great deal of money on private detectives like Pierre LaFititte (John Glover) who eventually proves his worth. The movie is a serious attempt at defining the original artist and Goldblum does a remarkable job of bringing life to an otherwise deadpan expression. Nevertheless with little effort Melody Anderson plays his second wife Edie Adams who adds a beautiful segment to a wonderful individual who established an art form which many recognize as pure Classic. Recommended for the serious fans of Jeff Goldblum. ****


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