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The Groove Tube (1974)

R | | Comedy | 5 June 1975 (Sweden)
A collection of skits that make fun of 1970s television, featuring early appearances by Chevy Chase and Richard Belzer.

Director:

Ken Shapiro
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Shapiro Ken Shapiro ... Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / Robert Elgin / Mahetma Yenta / Lionel Elgin / Dancing Man ('Just You - Just Me')
Richard Belzer ... Rodriguez / Leo Batfish / The President / The Hooker
Chevy Chase ... The Fingers / Geritan / Four Leaf Clover
Buzzy Linhart ... The Hitchhiker
Richmond Baier Richmond Baier ... The Girl
Berkeley Harris Berkeley Harris ... The Rich Guy
Jennifer Welles Jennifer Welles ... The Geritan Girl
Roy Wallace Roy Wallace ... The Gorillas
Kirtus Allen Kirtus Allen ... Gorilla
Laura Glicken Laura Glicken ... The Gorillas
Hal Fore Hal Fore ... Gorilla
Jennifer Zens Jennifer Zens ... The Gorillas
Leo Petrie Leo Petrie ... Gorilla
Lane Sarasohn Lane Sarasohn ... The Dancing Policeman / The Assassin
Paul Norman Paul Norman ... Mouth Appeal / Sex Olympics
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Storyline

A collection of skits that make fun of television. Everything from commercials to the nightly news are spoofed. Chevy Chase makes a brief (as well as his debut), appearance. Written by K.L.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What turns the apes on? What makes a cop dance in the street? What has the night tonic done for her? Who chases her through the woods? What can Butz Beer do for you? Why are they eating grass? See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

The Groove Tube (1974)'s "Channel One Evening News" skit and its tagline, 'Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow,' was the direct inspiration for "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live (1975). Chevy Chase, the original Weekend Update anchorman, was featured in this film, although Ken Shapiro played the Channel One anchorman in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The boom mic is visible at the end of "make believe time" with Ko-Ko the clown. See more »

Quotes

Hooker: Lionel? That sounds like a train, I'm gonna do a "non-stop" on you choo-choo.
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Alternate Versions

West German release was reedited in an attempt to make the film funnier. This version runs two approx. two minutes shorter. See more »


Soundtracks

Just You, Just Me
Written by Jesse Greer and Raymond Klages
Arranged by Danny Trifan
Sung by Ken Shapiro
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Inspired nonsense
26 October 1998 | by Teach-7See all my reviews

We showed this movie at the local Film Society, and the art-house crowd had the time of their cinematic lives. It's tasteless, groovy and very funny in a sixties kind of way. The Kraft Kitchen recipe sketch had them laughing like maniacs. The rest is a mixed bag, but the highs definitely beat the lows. By the way, whatever happened to Ken Shapiro??


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1975 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dealers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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