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The Love Machine (1971)

 -  Drama  -  27 August 1971 (USA)
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An ambitious TV newscaster has an affair with the wife of a network executive to get a promotion.

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Robin Stone
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Judith Austin
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Gregory 'Greg' Austin
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Danton Miller
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Jerry Nelson
Jodi Wexler ...
Amanda
William Roerick ...
Cliff Dorne
Maureen Arthur ...
Ethel Evans
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Christie Lane
Clinton Greyn ...
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Tina St. Claire
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Amazon Woman
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Bob Summers
Gene Baylos ...
Eddie Flynn
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Robin Stone, an ambitious, sex driven TV news anchor catches the eye of Judith Austin, the wife of network executive Greg Austin. She pressures Greg into promoting him to a higher position and before long, he is running the network while Greg recovers from a massive coronary. Meanwhile, Robin dumps his model girlfriend Amanda and begins an affair with Judith. But Robin soon strays with an assortment of girls. Apart from the sexual liaisons, he's at constant odds with the network. When Greg begins to recover and wants to take back his reign, he gets considerable resistance from Robin. So Greg considers harsher methods to oust Robin from his former position and regain control of the network. Written by alfiehitchie

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Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine  »

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The original casting call for the lead role of Robin Stone had been an American wide search across the USA which resulted in the original casting of Brian Kelly before he had to be replaced by John Phillip Law due to a motor-bike accident. See more »

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Referenced in Country Girl's Hollywood Adventure (1975) See more »

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He's Moving On
Music by Bryan Wells
Lyrics by Ruth Batchelor
Sung by Dionne Warwick (as Dionne Warwicke)
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You got to be in the mood for this one
28 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Well, where to start? I stumbled across this one in 1993 and just hit "record" on the VCR out of habit, more than anything else. "Citizen Kane" it sure isn't...but if you've had a bad day and are in the mood for crashing out in front of something not too intellectually stimulating, then I tentatively suggest this might just be your "thing".

We have the lot here - great title track, more stereotypes than you could shake a stick at, unconscious comedy, the bitchiest fight scene of all time and more, more, more! David Hemmings plays the diametric opposite of his role in the 60s classic "Blow Up" - still a photographer, still hormonally stimulated but not "quite" the same.

John Philip Law is easy to slam as an actor who makes a log appear unwooden but that wouldn;t be fair seeing as how he had about 5 minutes notice before accepting the role.

Wexler as "Amanda"? Suffice to say it was her one and ONLY film role! The real star of this movie, though, is Ethel Evans who plays a, shall we say secretary (?), with the morals of an alley cat and an ambition to match. The way she manages to reconcile her present life with that of a future with her comedian husband-to-be is actually quite touching in an earthy, gritty, what-is-to-be-will-be way.

I actually love this movie when I'm in the mood for it.......and wouldn't touch it with the proverbial bargepole when I'm not.

Kudos to the cast for keeping a (relatively) straight face when filming.

A "classic" in the Edward D Wood school of cinematic endeavours!


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