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Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter (1984)





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Physically, the gangling, long-necked Jeff Goldblum is all wrong for the role of fabled TV comedian Ernie Kovacs (1919-1962) but you tend to forget this as Goldblum expertly reenacts some of Kovacs' most famous comic bits. No Kovacs bio would be complete without such scenes as the mustachioed, cigar-chomping Ernie delivering a radio broadcast while lying on a railroad track with a train rapidly approaching, or Kovacs "celebrating" the cancellation of his TV series by smashing up the set in full view of the home audience. As the title indicates, much of the film takes place between the laughs, as Kovacs desperately struggles to reclaim his children, who have been kidnapped by his emotionally disturbed ex-wife (Madolyn Smith) in the midst of an acrimonious custody battle. Melody Anderson plays Kovacs' second wife, singer Edie Adams, while the real Edie appears in a cameo as Mae West. Cloris Leachman tears a passion to tatters in the role of Ernie's outrageous Hungarian mother. Our favorite bit: Jeff Goldblum and Melody Anderson recreating Ernie's lisping, perpetually soused poet Percy Dovetonsils. Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter was first telecast May 14, 1984.


Jeff Goldblum
as Ernie Kovacs
Madolyn Smith Osborne
as Dorothy Kovacs
Cloris Leachman
as Mary Kovacs
Melody Anderson
as Edie Adams
John Glover
as Pierre Lafitte
Jordan Charney
as Harry Ascot
Steven M. Porter
as Rusty Valentine
Lois DeBanzie
as Mrs. Enke
Murphy Dunne
as Leon Lane
Edie Adams
as Mae West
Fran Bennett
as Miss Deal
Bryan Englund
as Cab Driver
Soleil Moon Frye
as Elizabeth #2
David Garrison
as Dick Eisenback
Gary Grubbs
as Nigel Edmunds
Michael Higgins
as William Spear
Walter Mac Neil
as Mr. Warren
Tom Middleton
as Station Manager
Tom Ormeny
as MacIntyre
Elsa Raven
as Mrs. Shotwell
Sue Rihr
as Witness #1
Liam Sullivan
as George Abbott
Robina Suwol
as Witness #2
Arthur Taxier
as Detective #2
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