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The Love Machine (1971)

R | | Drama | 27 August 1971 (USA)
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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Robin Stone...His Women...The Picture! See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The IBC acronym for the television media organization stood for the "International Broadcasting Company". See more »

Quotes

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

He's Moving On
Music by Bryan Wells
Lyrics by Ruth Batchelor
Sung by Dionne Warwick
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Slick and sleazy, but uneven and uneventful
5 May 2001 | by Vince-5See all my reviews

Though I've only seen it cut for television and therefore may not be able to judge fairly, The Love Machine is a pretty dull ride. The talented, attractive cast seems completely lost. Despite several steamy sex scenes, this suffers from the same problem as Valley of the Dolls--namely, diluting the subject matter of Jacqueline Susann's great novel. A lot of Jackie's most powerful material is either watered down or omitted completely, reducing the proceedings to shallow soap-opera level. The ending is entirely inconclusive. And, unlike Valley of the Dolls, there isn't even that much unintended humor to punch things up. Interestingly, the outrageously gay David Hemmings character is a combination of about three or four characters from the book!

Still, the production looks good, and Dionne Warwicke's renditions of "He's Moving On (Theme from The Love Machine)" and "Amanda's Theme" are beautiful. The rest of the soundtrack is good, too, if you enjoy psychedelic lounge music. I am the proud owner of the LP on Sceptor Records. Worth seeing for fans of Dyan Cannon, John Phillip Law, and moderately sensationalistic trash. It's a harmless diversion, but I still have to agree with Jackie Susann, who was very disappointed with the finished film. It really could've been great.


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