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Very good writing, excellent acting, zesty direction and pacing, and handsome production make this story of computer embezzlement a strong laugh-getter. Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith and Karl Malden, plus Bob Newhart and cameos by Robert Morley and Cesar Romero, comprise the talented cast.

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Peter Ustinov Maggie Smith Karl Malden Bob Newhart Robert Morley Cesar Romero

Very good writing, excellent acting, zesty direction and pacing, and handsome production make this story of computer embezzlement a strong laugh-getter. Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith and Karl Malden, plus Bob Newhart and cameos by Robert Morley and Cesar Romero, comprise the talented cast.

The screenplay gives motivated development to characters, all of whom hit the target. Ustinov, released from prison, decides that the modern embezzler must be a computer expert. Conning his way into the good graces of Malden, head of the British wing of an American industrial conglomerate, Ustinov eventually programs into the computer three phony companies, to which large checks are sent.

Complicating Ustinov’s progress are Newhart, suspicious assistant to Malden, and Smith, who falls for Ustinov.

Ustinov makes as good an ensemble player as in his solo moments. Malden is excellent in a well-restrained, broad interpretation.

1968: Nomination: Best Original Story & Screenplay

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Production: M-G-M. Dir Eric Till; Producer Mildred Freed Alberg; Screenplay Ira Wallach, Peter Ustinov; Camera Ken Higgins; Editor Richard Marden; Music Laurie Johnson Art Dir Bill Andrews

Crew: (Color) Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 106 MIN.

With: Peter Ustinov Maggie Smith Karl Malden Bob Newhart Robert Morley Cesar Romero

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