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The Love Machine (1971)

An ambitious TV newscaster has an affair with the wife of a network executive to get a promotion.

Director:

Jack Haley Jr.

Writers:

Jacqueline Susann (novel), Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay) (as Samuel Taylor)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Phillip Law ... Robin Stone
Dyan Cannon ... Judith Austin
Robert Ryan ... Gregory 'Greg' Austin
Jackie Cooper ... Danton Miller
David Hemmings ... Jerry Nelson
Jodi Wexler Jodi Wexler ... Amanda
William Roerick William Roerick ... Cliff Dorne
Maureen Arthur ... Ethel Evans
Shecky Greene ... Christie Lane
Clinton Greyn Clinton Greyn ... Alfie Knight
Sharon Farrell ... Maggie Stewart
Alexandra Hay Alexandra Hay ... Tina St. Claire
Eve Bruce ... Amazon Woman
Greg Mullavey ... Bob Summers
Gene Baylos Gene Baylos ... Eddie Flynn
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Storyline

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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The Waiting is Over...The Love Machine now on the Screen ! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Executive producer Irving Mansfield, who was married to source novelist Jacqueline Susann, also exec produced two other later Susann filmed adaptations, Once Is Not Enough (1975) and Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls (1981). See more »

Quotes

Danton Miller: What does class have to do with television?
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Soundtracks

Amanda's Theme
Music by Artie Butler
Lyrics by Mark Lindsay
Sung by Dionne Warwick
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"That Robin Stone...he's movin' on"
3 April 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The network TV news business as a sleazy cesspool, with John Phillip Law as the titular news-anchor who sleeps his way to the top. Nice idea to have Dionne Warwicke do the song vocals for this movie-adaptation of Jacqueline Susann's bestseller (a la "Valley Of The Dolls")...though it's really too bad this sudser doesn't have Patty Duke's Neely O'Hara to spike the story. "The Love Machine" is unrelievedly dull. Even the final brawl (with an Academy Award as a fight prop!) can't save it. Dyan Cannon seems embalmed in her heavy pancake make-up and cumbersome fall (although her tiny, suntanned figure is a beauty to behold), Law is a handsome block of wood, while David Hemmings is embarrassing in gay-mode as a flamboyant photographer. And where is Robin Stone walking to at the end? Is he trekking out to the waterfront to pick up some sailors? After Cannon has deflated his masculinity, it would be a safe bet. In that case, "Love Machine--The Final Episode" might have been a more interesting flick. Certainly better than this yawn-inducing snooze-opera. *1/2 from ****


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