Marlo and the Magic Movie Machine (1977–1979)

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A nerdy computer expert and his secret artificially intelligent computer discuss various topics with archival footage.

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Credited cast:
Laurie Faso ...
 Marlo Higgins
Mert Koplin ...
 The Machine (voice)


Marlo Higgens is a lowly computer expert banished to a sub-basement office by his vindictive boss. However, his life after hours is lively as each closing time means he enters a secret room with his secretly built artificially intelligent computer called the Magic Movie Machine. Together, Marlo and his machine explore and joke around about various topics primarily with the vast collection of video files of various archival footage along with viewer correspondence. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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Marvelous tv show that featured Japanese monster movies and other fun kids' titles.
11 May 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a great syndicated show from the late 1970's that few people seem to remember now. It usually aired on Saturdays during the daytime, and it had a wonderfully playful air to it. It showcased Japanese monster movies and other fun titles with scripted bits between Marlo and his Magic Movie Machine as bumbers - sounds similar to "Mystery Science Theater 3000", doesn't it? It didn't make fun of the movies like that show; it was free of any satiric or condescending attitude like so many hosted movie shows on cable today - such as the abysmal "Dinner and a Movie" or "Cinematherapy". Those shows' smarmier-than-thou attitude is unfortunately all too prevalent today in today's film world. Too bad the sense of fun and innocence in "Marlo and the Magic Movie Machine" is missing today.

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