The Groove Tube (1974)

The Groove Tube (1974)




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Movie Info

Channel One was a New York-based comedy group which presented short satirical sketches concerning television. What set this group apart was that they performed in front of genuine TV cameras. Many of the best, and most censurable, Channel One sketches are included in this feature-length film.
Comedy , Television
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Levitt-Pickman Film Corporation


Ken Shapiro
as Koko the Clown/Kramp TV Kitchen/Newscaster/The Dealer
Richard Belzer
as Rodriguez/Leo Batfish/The President/The Hooker
Chevy Chase
as The Fingers/Geritan/Four Leaf Clover
Buzzy Linhart
as The Hitchhiker
Christine Nazareth
as Theatre Girl
Richard Baier
as The Girl
Paul Norman (II)
as Mouth Appeal/Sex Olympics
Richmond Baier
as The Hitchhiker
Berkeley Harris
as The Rich Guy
Jennifer Welles
as The Geritan Girl
Roy Wallace
as Gorilla
Kirtus Allen
as Gorilla
Victoria Medlin
as Mouth Appeal
Laura Glicken
as Gorilla
Hal Fore
as Gorilla
Jennifer Zens
as Gorilla
Leo Petry
as Gorilla
Lane Sarasohn
as The Dancing Policeman/The Assassin
as Theater Girl/Girl in the Bathroom
Lincoln Harrice
as Manuel Rodriguez
Mary Medham
as Sex Olympics
Victoria Mendham
as Mouth Appeal
Robert Fleishman
as The Narc
Alex Stephens
as Butz Beer
Bill Kemmill
as Butz Beer
Marty Cove
as Butz Beer
Tony Paxton
as Butz Beer
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Critic Reviews for The Groove Tube

All Critics (8)

The jokes seem flat and desperate.

June 10, 2005

A skit comedy affair in which perhaps 1/4th of the bits actually fly.

April 2, 2005

Welcome to the cutting edge, circa 1974.

August 26, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Uneven comedy pastiche

June 27, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

Witless collection of 'daring' skits. It was very trendy in 1972.

February 2, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Quote not available.

August 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Groove Tube

You need to understand the times in which this came out...The opening spoof of "2001:A Space Odyssey" was a mere 5 years after Kubrick's masterpiece. The soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield played upon the blaxploitation genre...and the allusions to drugs and the counter-culture lent credence to a political lampooning thread. This is high art, people. Maybe you are too young to 'get' the jokes. At the time it came out "The Groove Tube" lambasted sex, politics, hippies and skewered "The Establishment". In one of Life's great ironies, Richard Belzer plays a stoner drug-dealer. His scenes as "The President", a prostitute, and others in this film are a prelude to his later, more mainstream success. The brief nudity, honestly can be described as 'titillating". Chevy Chase also has several appearances, or at least portions of his body do... This film is a gem of funny, pithy observations on people, culture, and the good old USA. Enjoy it as a look into the past of comedy and satire!

William Cellich
William Cellich

This movie has some funny moments, but most of them are too drawn out and become boring. The best thing about this movie is that it's so short. Skip this one and see The Kentucky Fried movie instead.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Raunchy humor, but absolutely hilarious. Even better than Kentucky Fired Movie and Amazon Women on the Moon.

Katherine Black
Katherine Black

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