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Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam (1985)

PG | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 19 July 1985 (USA)
Dr. Otto grows a hand out of the top of his head and tries to destroy the world.

Director:

John R. Cherry III

Writers:

Daniel Butler (additional dialogue), John R. Cherry III (as John Cherry) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Varney ... Dr. Otto / Rudd Hardtact / Laughin' Jack / Guy Dandy / Auntie Nelda / Ernest P. Worrell
Glenn Petach Glenn Petach ... Otto's Head Hand
Myke R. Mueller Myke R. Mueller ... Lance
Jackie Welch ... Doris
Daniel Butler Daniel Butler ... Slave Willie / Kegler
Esther Huston Esther Huston ... Tina
Tina Goetze Tina Goetze ... Rhonda Sue
Jennifer Wood Jennifer Wood ... Monique
David Landon David Landon ... Bank Pres. Rutherford
Mac Bennett Mac Bennett ... V.P. #1
Winslow Stillman Winslow Stillman ... Lance's Dad
Mary Jane Harvill Mary Jane Harvill ... Lance's Mom
Irv Kane Irv Kane ... Herr Vonschnick
Leslie Potter Leslie Potter ... Mme. Vonschnick
Bill Middleton Bill Middleton ... Man at Autoteller
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Storyline

Ernest P. Worrel tries out a strange contraption he bought cheaply called the Changing Coffin. The machine turns him into his opposite - a mad scientist and supervillain bent on world domination called Dr. Otto. He plans to use his Gloom Beam to render all the computers that keep people's financial records and bank accounts useless which would make him the only one with access to all this dough. Bumbling hero Lance Sterling and his cautious sidekick Doris are sent to Dr. Otto's lair to stop him. There, they must face various scary alter egos of Dr. Otto as well as his manservant, Willie the Robot.

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Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dr. Otto See more »

Filming Locations:

Tennessee, USA See more »

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Trivia

This is the only film featuring Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) in which he is not the title character. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Otto: [the Riddle] When the money is scrambled to the very last cent,riots and hatred soon will commence.When all the world's commerce will be put in a bind,from the evil that lurks where the sun never shines.It is I,Dr.Otto von Schnick -ick-ick-ick,who has played on you this trick-ick-ick-ick. "But who's Dr.Otto?" you may well ponder,while all your magnetic cash is squandered.It's he who had an eye,and yet couldn't see.It's he who served bouillabaisse,when he was a she.It's he who gambled with brains...
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[Closing message] We're sorry Elmo - if we get to film another one, we'll make it up to you. See more »

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Followed by Ernest Goes to School (1994) See more »

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Very weird, and dark but it's still a good film.
28 November 2002 | by dootussSee all my reviews

I had NO idea that this was actually the first "Ernest" movie (despite the fact that Jim Varney's lunk-head movie character Ernest P. Worrell appeared only for a brief time during the movie.), but it's still a great film. Varney does an excellent job performing his many various characters such as Auntie Nelda, and Ernest's evil alter-ego Dr. Otto who is plotting to make money, and accounts etc. useless to everyone except him! Overall, an excellent film, and a nice start for Jim Varney's sucessful career.

Overall, this movie was good Knowhutimean?


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