George Newman is a daydreamer whose hyperactive imagination keeps him from holding a steady job. His uncle decides George would be the perfect man to manage Channel 62, a television station which is losing money and viewers fast. When George replaces the station's reruns with bizarre programs such as "Stanley Spadowski's Clubhouse", "Wheel of Fish" and "Raul's Wild Kingdom", ratings begin to soar again. Mean-spirited and cynical mogul R.J. Fletcher becomes furious that the UHF station is getting better ratings than his network's programming. Because of gambling debts, the uncle is forced to consider selling the station to Fletcher, who would only too happily shut down (he cannot legally own two stations in the same town). George and his friends organize a 48-hour telethon to raise the money by selling investment stock from Channel 62 to save the town's new favorite station.Written by
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Ginger Baker (best known as the drummer from the 1960s rock band Cream) auditioned for the part of the panhandling bum. See more »
The Bum told Fletcher that the penny he gave him was a 1955 doubled-die Denver mint penny. However the 1955 doubled-die cent was made in Philadelphia, not in Denver. See more »
[On the game show, "Wheel of Fish", Phyllis Weaver has just spun the wheel and landed on a red snapper]
Ahhh, a red snapper. Mmmmm, very tasty. Okay, Weaver, listen carefully. You can hold on to your red snapper...
[Hiro-san emerges, carrying a table with a box]
...or you can go for what's in the box that Hiro-san is bringing down the aisle right now! What's it gonna be?
[Phyllis Weaver has difficulty in choosing as the audience point to the box]
I'll take the box. The box!
[the audience applauses]
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This movie taught me that absolutely nothing is sacred, and that anything is fair game in the pursuit of comedy. This is an incredible movie, on the same level as Return of the Jedi or any of the Indiana Jones movies. The short clips in the movie are reminiscent of the comic genius of the early Saturday Night Live skits. The homage paid to MAD magazine in the form of Uncle Nutzy's Funhouse is another selling point... anyone who praises MAD magazine in as subtle a way will always get my vote. Go see it immediately if you haven't before, or even if you have.
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