The Love Machine (film)

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The Love Machine
The Love Machine.jpg
Directed byJack Haley, Jr.
Produced byM.J. Frankovich
Irving Mansfield (executive producer)
Written bySamuel A. Taylor
StarringJohn Phillip Law
Dyan Cannon
Robert Ryan
Jackie Cooper
David Hemmings
Music byArtie Butler (also song "Amanda's Theme")
Mark Lindsay (song "Amanda's Theme")
Bryan Wells (song "He's Movin' On")-Vocals performed by Dionne Warwick
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byDavid E. Blewitt
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
August 14, 1971
Running time
108 minutes
 
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The Love Machine
The Love Machine.jpg
Directed byJack Haley, Jr.
Produced byM.J. Frankovich
Irving Mansfield (executive producer)
Written bySamuel A. Taylor
StarringJohn Phillip Law
Dyan Cannon
Robert Ryan
Jackie Cooper
David Hemmings
Music byArtie Butler (also song "Amanda's Theme")
Mark Lindsay (song "Amanda's Theme")
Bryan Wells (song "He's Movin' On")-Vocals performed by Dionne Warwick
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byDavid E. Blewitt
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
August 14, 1971
Running time
108 minutes

The Love Machine is a 1971 film adaptation of the Jacqueline Susann novel The Love Machine. Written by Samuel A. Taylor and directed by Jack Haley, Jr., it starred John Phillip Law, Dyan Cannon, Robert Ryan, Jackie Cooper, and David Hemmings.

Plot[edit]

Robin Stone works at a powerful TV network doing the news. He encounters an array of women, among them Judith Austin, the wife of a network executive. Judith asks her husband Greg to promote Robin and he does so. Robin and Judith then get into an extramarital affair while her husband is in the hospital for cardiac care.

Robin's girlfriend Amanda catches on to what is happening, leaving Robin to face those who resent his sexual promiscuity, including his boss.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Two weeks into production of the film actor Brian Kelly who was to play Robin Stone was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident and replaced by John Phillip Law.[1]

Reception[edit]

Paul Mavis of DVDTalk.com, reviewing the 2010 Columbia Classics DVD release, wrote, "Starring an absolutely unfathomable cast that includes Dyan Cannon, Robert Ryan, Jackie Cooper, David Hemmings, Shecky Greene, Sharon Farrell, and John Phillip Law as cold, calculating executive and head "love machine," Robin Stone, Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine, in the best possible way for people who love awful films, is a disaster from the get-go...and it only gets worse, thank god. So...why, then, is it worthwhile? Precisely because it is so aggressively inept. This isn't failure by default; this is almost total artistic incompetence with a vengeance. And that's what makes a "bad" film fun. There are moments of true awfulness here that you simply can't deliberately create. They're borne out of miscalculation and obliviousness and bad taste on a cosmic level, and without a shred of irony or facetiousness, Jacqueline Susann's The Love Machine brilliantly succeeds.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ p. 45 Manners, Dorothy John Phillip Law Wears "Square" Mold Quite Well Toledo Blade Jun 20, 1971
  2. ^ http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/46405/jacqueline-susanns-the-love-machine/?___rd=1

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