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The Honeymoon Machine (1961)

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A navy lieutenant and his civilian friend use a classified computer to help them break the bank at a Venetian casino.

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Lt. Ferguson 'Fergie' Howard
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Julie Fitch
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Jason Eldridge
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Pam Dunstan
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Admiral Fitch
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Signalman Burford Taylor
Jack Mullaney ...
Lt. Beauregard 'Beau' Gilliam
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Russian consul
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Tommy Dane
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Capt. James Angle
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Capt. Harvey Adam
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The crew aboard the USS Elmira are working on a project, code named Operation Honeymoon. At the operation's core is the testing of the Magnetic Analyzer Computing Synchrotron, or MACS for short, which is a smart computer designed to do among other things determine where missiles are going to land. Civilian Jason Eldridge is the scientific mastermind aboard in charge of MACS' operation. His friend aboard, Lieutenant Ferguson Howard, sees other possible uses for MACS. He wants to know if MACS, if given the proper data, can accurately predict games of chance, such as those found in casinos. After discussing the situation, Fergie and Jason decide the game which MACS can predict the most accurately is roulette. They decide to test MACS' abilities, and possibly get rich, at their next port of call where there is a casino, namely Venice. They plan on using a system of Morse Code light signals from the ship to shore to transmit the information. Although they go ahead with their plan, they are... Written by Huggo

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Fits either sex ...... and makes nothing but LAUGHTER!

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Comedy | Romance

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16 August 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Heiratsmaschine  »

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Trivia

When the Russian Consul, berating his code-breakers and underlings, begins hitting the desk with his shoe, this is a humorous reference to Russian leader Nikita Kruschev's actions at the United Nations in October of the previous year (1960), when Kruschev banged the rostrum with his shoe in anger at statements made by the Filipino delegation. See more »

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When Beau Gilliam comes crashing through the door with the glass ornaments the first time, Fergie and Julie react to the noise slightly before it's heard. See more »

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Lt. Fergie Howard: Any girl that would double-cross her own father, that's my kind of woman.
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman (1906)
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Not so bad...
2 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sure it's a little formulaic, but not deserving of the excoriation which precedes this mini-review. McQueen is just fine in the role, not so much a pure comic character as the fast-talking con-man Lieutenant, rather the sort of the role Tony Curtis used to play. And to keep the record straight, McQueen did other comedies, such as _Soldier in the Rain_, and the semi-comedic _Reivers_.

McQueen comes up with the idea of using a high-speed electronic computer to beat the roulette wheel and enlists Hutton and another sailor into the scheme.

Hutton, as the computer scientist doesn't have much to do, since he can't also play the fast-talking con-man. (And besides, he's a computer scientist!) But he does get to woo Prentiss, who amuses as the beautiful near-sighted heiress who talks to statues.

Weston up on the ledge with the blinker makes for a quite funny interlude as the others have noted.

But McQueen does not deserve the invective heaped upon him by the other reviewers of this film.


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