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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 ... 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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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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Color
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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

Lance: [reading from Otto's riddle] "It was he who had an eye,but could not see.It was he who served Bouillabaisse,when he was a she".
Doris: Bouillabaisse,it originated on the coast of France.
Lance: I know that.As you know,I'm a gourmet cook.
Doris: Yeah,it shows.
Lance: There is not an ounce of fat on my body! I'm on the metric system!
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Crazy Credits

[Closing message] We're sorry Elmo - if we get to film another one, we'll make it up to you. See more »

Connections

Followed by Ernest Goes to Jail (1990) See more »

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Our Love Festers
Written by Bruce Arntson
Sung by Lisa Silver
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Two thumbs up!
24 February 2004 | by TKTuttleSee all my reviews

This movie is strangely surreal, and if you're an Ernest/Jim Varney fan in the least, you'll really enjoy it. The film starts a bit slow, but really starts to come together when we learn the connection between bumbling hero Lance Sterling (great name!) and pussy-willow-adorned, third-hand-on-his-head villain Dr. Otto. Willie the Robot is also a hoot, what with his changing smiley-face expressions, and Lance's assistant Doris is the brains behind the hero. Auntie Nelda is fall-down funny, especially when she's discussing her "dear, departed nephew Hymie" or clubbing creatures on the floor with a toxin-laden ladle.

There are a lot of little clever bits and dialog that make the movie enjoyable. It may be hard to find, so good luck!


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