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14 May 1984 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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" Genius at Work: The Story of Ernie Kovacs " See more (8 total) »


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Jeff Goldblum ... Ernie Kovacs

Melody Anderson ... Edie Adams

Madolyn Smith Osborne ... Dorothy Kovacs

John Glover ... Pierre Lafitte

Cloris Leachman ... Mary Kovacs

Joseph Mascolo ... Richards

Jordan Charney ... Harry Ascot

Francis X. McCarthy ... Judge (as Frank McCarthy)
Lois De Banzie ... Mrs. Enke
Murphy Dunne ... Leon Lane

Steven M. Porter ... Rusty Valentine

Edie Adams ... Mae West
Fran Bennett ... Miss Deal
Weldon Bleiler ... Bum Detective (as Weldon Boyce Bleiler)
Bryan Englund ... Cab Driver

Soleil Moon Frye ... Elizabeth Kovacs #2

David Garrison ... Dick Eisenback
Bill Geisslinger ... Daryl Pollack

Mike Genovese ... Detective #1

Gary Grubbs ... Nigel Edmunds

Michael Higgins ... William Spear
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Gossip Columnist
Ryan Michelle Lunsford ... Kippy Kovacs #1

Walter Mathews ... Mr. Warren
Tom Middleton ... Station Manager

Anne Murray ... Anne Murray (as Annie Murray)
Ginger Orell ... Kippy Kovacs #2
Tom Ormeny ... MacIntyre

Elsa Raven ... Mrs. Shotwell
Sue Rihr ... Witness #1

Liam Sullivan ... George Abbott
Robina Suwol ... Witness #2
Arthur Taxier ... Detective #2
Heidi Zeigler ... Elizabeth Kovacs #1

Directed by
Lamont Johnson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
April Smith 

Produced by
David Levinson .... producer
Original Music by
Ralph Burns 
Cinematography by
Rexford L. Metz 
Film Editing by
Scott Conrad 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Production Design by
Jack De Shields 
Production Management
Burt Bluestein .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paula Brody .... dga trainee
Sound Department
Geoffrey Patterson .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Morton .... electrician
Louis Niemeyer .... first assistant camera
Ron Veto .... dolly grip
Editorial Department
Lisa Morlas .... assistant editor
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Edie Adams .... technical advisor
Lewis Gould .... second assistant director
Mark C. Grech .... craft service

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100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:PG (certificate #28933) (1987)

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" Genius at Work: The Story of Ernie Kovacs ", 16 July 2012
Author: thinker1691 from USA

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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