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THE HONEYMOON MACHINE
|The best available format for this film is VHS Tape. It is presented in a 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio.|
|This was Steve's first attempt at a comedic role.|
Screencap provided by Daniel Smague.
|Definitely not shot on location|
|The setting is a hotel and gambling casino in Venice, Italy, but the actual set and background has "studio" stamped across it in big, bold letters.|
|The story is about two young U.S. naval officers attempting to break the bank of the casino by using a shipboard missile tracking computer system named "Max," that can accurately tell where the ball will land on a roulette wheel.|
|Missile tracking system or Money making system?|
|But then the officers learn that the fleet's admiral is staying in the same hotel. With the sending and receiving of signals from the ship to the hotel, it doesn't take long for the admiral to figure that something is amiss.|
|The admiral knows the officers are up to something...
|The comedy and humor is good, but the film suffers from miscasting. Steve had some good scenes with his fast-paced deliveries, but his comedic abilities were very limited in this film.|
|By the way, the *movie* ship
(USS El Mira) is shown using actual footage of the *real* USS Providence (CLG-6), which was a Pacific Ocean-based ship,
and never saw duty in the Mediterranean.|
Cary Grant turned down the role that Steve accepted.
This was the only film Steve McQueen hated more than "The Blob" (1958).
|Reviewed by Dave Kaeser|