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A 1968 crime comedy made by MGM.  The story depicts Peter Ustinov as a computer operator using the computer to steal millions. It was directed by Eric Till and produced by Mildred Freed Alberg, from a collaborative screenplay by Ira Wallach and stars Peter Ustinov and Maggie Smith.

MGM rented a LEO III/326 computer from the Post Office for the scenes involving  Ustinov engaged in his criminal activity.

Ex-LEO engineer John Panter (who moved from Minerva Rd to Kidsgrove in summer 1965) says that decks visible in the film are: "Potter M120 drives... These were used on later LEO III machines. Previously we used Ampex decks. The Potter decks were never used on System 4; we developed our own 4452 and 4453 decks." On the computer visible in the film, he says "As far as I am aware, there was never an ICL machine M505. I think this was MGM using a non-attributable name... I can't definitively confirm any other details, but I would guess that this was a later LEO 326, one that was built specifically for the Post Office. But MGM have done quite a lot to disguise it. I do not recognise it as a System 4!"

Please Note: This item is not in our collection and is included here for signposting purposes only.

Date : 1968

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH61696. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

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