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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.

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writer:

April Smith
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Murphy Dunne ... Leon Lane
Steven M. Porter ... Rusty Valentine
Edie Adams ... Mae West
Fran Bennett Fran Bennett ... Miss Deal
Weldon Bleiler Weldon Bleiler ... Bum Detective (as Weldon Boyce Bleiler)
Bryan Englund 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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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ernie Kovacs See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not a bad little movie.
18 April 2000 | by Coon51See all my reviews

This was actually a very interesting movie. I tells the story of comedian Ernie Kovacs and his search for his kidnapped children. I love Jeff Goldblum and he is top notch in this movie. The movie features some of Kovac's classic sketches and boy are they funny.

I wouldn't rent this (mostly because I doubt I would be able to find it), but if it's on TV then sit down and watch it. The climax is very moving and the rest of the movie is also pretty darn funny.


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