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The Honeymoon Machine (1961)

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
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Lt. Beauregard 'Beau' Gilliam
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Inspector of casino games
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Russian consul
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Tommy Dane
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Capt. James Angle
Simon Scott ...
Capt. Harvey Adam
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Storyline

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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16 August 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Heiratsmaschine  »

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Trivia

The type of computer program in this story did not exist in the late 1950s when this play was written, but did as of 1990 and is a form of artificial intelligence called a neural network. They were not developed until about thirty years later, so this story in a way foresaw their development. Although probably not able to predict numbers of a roulette wheel spin because each result is independent of previous ones, neural networks can, by simulating the human brain, solve widely ranging problems using real data that are interdependent. See more »

Goofs

In the first gambling scene where Jason begins using his system, one of the numbers called out by the croupier is "eleven in the red". Eleven on the roulette wheel is black. In a subsequent scene, Fergie is playing (at the same wheel), and the croupier calls out "eleven in the black". See more »

Quotes

Jason Eldridge: Fergie will you stop, we've known each other for years. Besides, she's got 60 million of her own.
Lt. Fergie Howard: What system do you use?
Pam Dunstan: The capitalistic system.
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Connections

References Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Anchors Aweigh
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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman (1906)
Whistled by Jack Mullaney in last scene
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"Murphy's Law" - from this work, but not applying to it!
17 May 2010 | by (Bolton, Ct./Jersey City, NJ; United States) – See all my reviews

As stated elsewhere, this delightful boulevard comedy was faithfully drawn from the Broadway comedy "The Golden Fleecing," only polished to a high shine by the Hollywood casting and production machine, but one particular side note may be of interest.

The now well known "Murphy's Law" *may* have been first coined under that name either in a U.S. Naval instillation in the 1930's or at Edwards' Air Force base in 1949, depending on the source you read, but it probably made its greatest stride to general popularity with this play and film. New York Daily News Drama Critic John Chapman, in his year-end season summary volume, "Broadway's Best 1960," credited it as one of playwright Lorenzo Semple's most apt contributions to the evening, putting "something he called Murphy's Law: 'If something can go wrong, it will'" in star Tom Poston's mouth (in the role Steve McQueen plays in the movie).

Fortunately (or unfortunately) for us, the only things that went wrong with THE HONEYMOON MACHINE was that it convinced star Steve McQueen that he enjoyed making action films more than the comedy he was so good at and the changing tastes of the youthful movie going public since the film's first release. Like McQueen, they seem to prefer to see computers being blown up rather than being used for wittily wicked purposes. If you still enjoy a well made comedy, this is a machine you'll want to use.


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