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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 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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Genres:

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 »

Company Credits

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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

Tina: My makeup's running,my hair's a mess,and I'm gonna die! Why? Because I didn't listen to my mother,and fell for a foreign accent with a hand growing out of his head!
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[Closing message] We're sorry Elmo - if we get to film another one, we'll make it up to you. See more »

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Referenced in The Ernest Film Festival (1986) See more »

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Attack and Coffin Themes
Written by Aaron Keister
Arranged by Shane Keister
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The first Ernest movie
8 December 1998 | by CambotSee all my reviews

You can't describe this as the first Ernest movie because it's not part of the Ernest-movie genre. It's a wickedly weird comic masterpiece that will have you laughing out loud.


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