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The Honeymoon Machine (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 16 August 1961 (USA)
A navy lieutenant and his civilian friend use a classified computer to help them break the bank at a Venetian casino.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Lorenzo Semple Jr. (play), George Wells
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Steve McQueen ... Lt. Ferguson 'Fergie' Howard
Brigid Bazlen ... Julie Fitch
Jim Hutton ... Jason Eldridge
Paula Prentiss ... Pam Dunstan
Dean Jagger ... Admiral Fitch
Jack Weston ... Signalman Burford Taylor
Jack Mullaney ... Lt. Beauregard 'Beau' Gilliam
Marcel Hillaire ... Inspector of casino games
Ben Astar ... Russian consul
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Tommy Dane
Ken Lynch ... Capt. James Angle
Simon Scott 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!

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

16 August 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Heiratsmaschine See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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

Tommy Dane: Did Pam tell you the good news?
Jason Eldridge: She told me the news.
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References Destry Rides Again (1939) See more »

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Love Is Crazy
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
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Don't Waste your Time on This one
28 December 1999 | by alicecbrSee all my reviews

The fact that I am the first to even comment on this piece of trash is indicative of the fact that it should be ignored...not destroyed but ignored. Jack Weston, as the drunken sailor, is the only funny bright spot in this silly unrealistic boring piece of trivia.

After the first few shots of a space shuttle flight, it's all downhill, as McQueen bullies the scientist, Hutton (that should warn you right there) and a fellow officer into a plot to use the onboard computer (Mac) to beat the roulette wheel. The girl thing is equally silly as he meets and marries in one day the daughter of the admiral. No more space needed on this one.


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