Naval lieutenant Steve McQueen misappropriates his ship’s computer by using it to cheat at roulette in the Venice casino.
However, there are three spanners in the works: admiral’s daughter Brigid Bazlen, McQueen’s former girlfriend (Paula Prentiss) and the Russians who think the Third World War is being launched.
This is what passed in 1961 as a saucy Cold War comedy, but Dr Strangelove it isn’t. McQueen was never at his best in this sort of thing and it needed Cary Grant or Tony Curtis (or both) to make it work.
Lt Fergie Howard
Signalman Burford Taylor
Ensign Beau Gilliam
Inspector of casino games