Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter

Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter
Type TV Movie
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 2hr
Genres Drama
Keywords N/A
Status Completed
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Jeff Goldblum Actor Ernie Kovacs 1 1000001
Melody Anderson Actor Edie Adams 1 1000002
Madolyn Smith Actor Dorothy Kovacs 1 1000003
John Glover Actor Pierre Lafitte 1 1000004
Cloris Leachman Actor Mary Kovacs 1 1000005
Joseph Mascolo Actor Richards 1 1000006
Jordan Charney Actor Harry Ascot 1 1000007
Frank McCarthy Actor Judge 1 1000008
Lois DeBanzie Actor Mrs Enke 1 1000009
Murphy Dunne Actor Leon Lane 1 1000010
Steven M Porter Actor Rusty 1 1000011
Edie Adams Actor Mae West 1 1000012
Fran Bennett Actor Miss Deal 1 1000013
Weldon Beiler Actor Bum Detective 1 1000014
Bryan Englund Actor Cab Driver 1 1000015
Heidi Zeigler Actor 1st Elizabeth 1 1000016
Soleil Moon Frye Actor 2nd Elizabeth 1 1000017
David Garrison Actor Dick Eisenbach 1 1000018
Bill Geisslinger Actor Daryl Pollack 1 1000019
Gary Grubbs Actor Nigel Edmunds 1 1000020
Michael Higgins Actor William Spear 1 1000021
Liam Sullivan Actor George Abbott 1 1000022
Mary Hokanson Actor Gossip Columnist 1 1000023
Walter Mathews Actor Mr Warren 1 1000024
Tom Middleton Actor Station Manager 1 1000025
Annie Murray Actor Mrs Lane 1 1000026
Ryan Lunsford Actor 1st Kippy 1 1000027
Ginger Orell Actor 2nd Kippy 1 1000028
Tom Ormeny Actor MacIntyre 1 1000029
Elsa Raven Actor Mrs Shotwell 1 1000030
Sue Rihr Actor 1st Witness 1 1000031
Robina Suwol Actor 2nd Witness 1 1000032
Mike Genovese Actor 1st Detective 1 1000033
Arthur Taxier Actor 2nd Detective 1 1000034
Lamont Johnson Director n/a 2 2000001
David Levinson Producer n/a 3 3000001
April Smith Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Burt Bluestein Production Manager n/a 305 5000001
Peter Bogart Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Richard Graves Assistant Director n/a 163 5000003
David McCann Post-Production Supervisor n/a 120796 5000004
John Warren Location Manager n/a 193 5000005
Adell Aldrich Script Supervisor n/a 191 5000006
Rexford Metz Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Elliot Davis Camera Operator n/a 239 6000002
Scott Conrad Editor n/a 172 7000001
Janet Bartels-Vandagriff Assistant Editor n/a 203 7000002
Lisa Morlas Assistant Editor n/a 203 7000003
Ralph Burns Music n/a 120781 8000001
Allan Rosen Music Editor n/a 214 8000002
Charles Graffeo Set Decorator n/a 165 9000001
Jack DeShields Art Director art direction 183 9000002
Chris Horner Set Designer n/a 202 9000003
Lynn Stalmaster Casting n/a 179 10000001
David Rubin Casting n/a 179 10000002
John Perry Costume Department costume department head 121016 13000001
Bill Flores Costume Supervisor men's costume supervisor 120895 13000002
Llandys Williams Costume Supervisor ladies' costume supervisor 120895 13000003
Janis Clark Hair Stylist n/a 120799 13000004
Wes Dawn Makeup Artist n/a 120801 13000005
Gary Bourgeois Rerecording n/a 120995 14000001
Jacques Nosco Sound production sound 120816 14000002
Christopher Welch Sound Editor n/a 229 14000003
Jack Johnson Key Grip n/a 263 15000001
Ken Spencer Gaffer n/a 268 15000002
Penelope Gottlieb Titles n/a 120825 23000001
Rick Young Property Master n/a 120805 24000001
Joe Berman Transportation Coordinator n/a 271 25000001
Edie Adams Other from material 120795 26000001
Andy McKay Special Thanks n/a 120874 26000002
Synopsis
This TV movie about the pioneering TV comedian spotlights the little known story of his two-year search for the two young daughters abducted by his ex-wife following a bitter custody struggle that raged while he was making his meteoric rise from local Philadelphia television personality to network star in the early '50s. Jeff Goldblum's portrayal was generally admired but most took exception to his physical casting as the bear-like Kovacs, and similar eyebrow-raising was caused by Cloris Leachman's somewhat outre performance as Kovacs' Hungarian-accented meddler of a mother, which won her an Emmy Award nomination.<P>Edie Adams, who had been a singer on Kovacs' show in Philadelphia and on the network while pursuing a stage career for herself ("Wonderful Town" and "Li'l Abner" remain her only two Broadway musicals) and, as his girlfriend at the time, remained at his side to share his agony, turned in a cameo appearance as Mae West to give timely show business advice to the screen Edie (Melody Anderson). She also is credited as technical advisor for the production and supplier of material incorporated into April Smith's Emmy Award-nominated script. Director Lamont Johnson also received a nomination.
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