Partners: Ironbound Films; distributed by APT Worldwide (worldwide excluding North America) and Magnolia Pictures (North America)
Length: 90 minutes
Premiered: Tribeca Film Festival, April 2012
Rights available: Worldwide, all media, excluding North America
Before Glenn Beck, before Rush Limbaugh, before Ann Coulter, there was Mort – Morton Downey Jr., to be precise. The son of a crooner who would also become a singer and songwriter himself, Downey earned the most notoriety as the host of The Morton Downey Jr. Show, a nationally syndicated, no holds barred scream-fest in which the chain-smoking Mort would mercilessly harangue any guest who dared to differ from Downey’s ultra-right wing viewpoints.
The show, and the shtick, took America by storm in the late Eighties, but as ratings inevitably dwindled, Downey’s antics became increasingly bizarre. With rare archival footage and comprehensive interviews, Évocateur examines the man, the myth and the media monster that Downey unleashed.