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Honeymoon Machine
     

The Honeymoon Machine

Director: Richard Thorpe

Cast: Steve McQueen, Brigid Bazlen, Jim Hutton

 
Just a few years before The Great Escape would catapult Steve McQueen to stardom, the charismatic actor played the lead, Lt. Fergie Howard, in this light romantic farce involving the computers on a Navy ship. Lt. Howard is playing poker on the good ship El Mira when he gets a brilliant idea. Why not use the ship's computer "Max" to figure out where the ball

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Just a few years before The Great Escape would catapult Steve McQueen to stardom, the charismatic actor played the lead, Lt. Fergie Howard, in this light romantic farce involving the computers on a Navy ship. Lt. Howard is playing poker on the good ship El Mira when he gets a brilliant idea. Why not use the ship's computer "Max" to figure out where the ball will land on a roulette wheel? After the ship docks near Venice, he and Ensign Beau Gillaim (Jack Mullaney), along with navy scientist Jason Eldridge (Jim Hutton) check out the casino there. Then they set up the ship's computer to receive incoming signals from the results at the roulette wheel, planning on it to predict which numbers will come up next. Trouble lies ahead when Admiral Fitch (Dean Jagger) intercepts the signals and assumes that the fleet is about to be attacked. While the subsequent chaos reigns, the women (Paula Prentiss and Brigid Bazlen) in these men's lives get involved.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Honeymoon Machine is a middling armed forces comedy, meaning that there are plenty of wily enlisted men attempting to put something over on a not-so-bight superior officer. There are also a number of female counterparts to add complications, if not depth, to the proceedings. What there is not is a great deal of wit or originality; the lack of the latter is regrettable, but it's really the lack of the former that keeps Honeymoon from being a lot more fun. With a movie like this, the viewer pretty much knows what is going to happen from one moment to the next, so lacing the proceedings with genuine humor is crucial. It also doesn't help that the film is clearly based on a stage play; the few excursions into Venice and the use of CinemaScope don't change the fact that the play has been opened up only minimally. Star Steve McQueen also is part of the problem; he's fine, but nothing more, and the part really calls for a Tony Curtis type who can carry off the role with innate ease. McQueen either tries too hard or not at all; he has enough star power to make him worth watching, but The Honeymoon Machine has a hole in its center where his performance needs to be. Fortunately, the supporting cast is much better, with especially valuable performances from Paula Prentiss, Jim Hutton, Jack Weston, and Dean Jagger. If Richard Thorpe's direction is not outstanding, it still keeps the pace up -- and that's what is really required here.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2011
UPC:
0883316341315
Original Release:
1961
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
12,635

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Steve McQueen Lt. Fergie Howard
Brigid Bazlen Julie Fitch
Jim Hutton Jason Eldridge
Paula Prentiss Pam Dunstan
Dean Jagger Adm. Fitch
Jack Mullaney Ens. Beau Gilliam
Jack Weston Signalman Burford Taylor
Ben A. Astar Russian Consul
William Lanteau Tommy Dane
Simon Scott Capt. Harvey Adam
Norman Grabowski "Max's" Operator
Marcel Hillaire Inspector of Casino Games
Ken Lynch Capt. James Angle

Technical Credits
Richard Thorpe Director
Preston Ames Art Director
Lee Le Blanc Special Effects
George W. Davis Art Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Jack Brooks Harline Songwriter
Leigh Harline Score Composer
Robert R. Hoag Special Effects
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Hoag LeBlank Special Effects
Ben Lewis Editor
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Lorenzo Semple Screenwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
George Wells Screenwriter
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design

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