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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 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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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.

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Taglines:

ALL IS REVEALED IN THE GROOVE TUBE See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

The DVD sleeve notes declare that this movie was a "prototype for Saturday Night Live (1975)" and a "predecessor to The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)". See more »

Goofs

Microphone visible in "Dealers" bathroom scene. See more »

Quotes

The President: I'm in the driver's seat! I'm runnin' the show! I'M THE FUCKIN' PRESIDENT!
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Alternate Versions

An edited PG-rated version was released as a double feature with a similarly edited "Kentucky Fried Movie". 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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Midnight Madness
5 January 2000 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

Back in college "midnight movies" at the local theater primarily showed "Barbarella," "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," or "The Groove Tube." "The Groove Tube" was the best of that era's skit movies that included "Dynamite Chicken," "The Boob Tube," and even lesser known attempts at showcasing underground comedy troupes like Second City and The Groundlings. The original version was rated X and featured full frontal male and female nudity. I understand that later versions were edited for an R-rating but perhaps with time the film is back together. At the time it seemed raunchy, dirty, gross, underground, and subversive, but with twenty years of Saturday Night Live, Howard Stern, and films ranging from "Porky's" to "Something About Mary," it's more like 'Saturday Night Live, the Movie' (some skits are funny, most are not, nothing we haven't seen elsewhere.) The funniest and most original skit has to do with a children's show that features a man's private parts dressed up to resemble a puppet. I remember real children's show hosts standing on their head and putting a doll's outfit around their upside down mouth. I always thought that was sick. At the time I couldn't believe that "The Groove Tube" got an actor to do a routine with his exposed penis (this was 1975 after all) and it was pretty shocking...and hilarious. It is no longer shocking, but it is still pretty funny. I hope that they didn't edit that out of the recent showings of the movie. I also always wondered who's penis it was. I think it would have been more provocative if they would have had a female host ala Sheri Lewis or Fran of "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie" talk to the penis but like I said it was only 1975.


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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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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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