The Adding Machine

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Well-acted film based on the 1923 Elmer Rice play has accomplished Irish actor O'Shea as the frustrated, wife-weary office employee who slaves for retirement only to be fired, replaced by an adding machine. He, in turn, murders his boss and is placed on trial, giving a marvelously moving performance from the witness stand; he is convicted and executed,...read more

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Well-acted film based on the 1923 Elmer Rice play has accomplished Irish actor O'Shea as the frustrated, wife-weary office employee who slaves for retirement only to be fired, replaced by an adding machine. He, in turn, murders his boss and is placed on trial, giving a marvelously moving

performance from the witness stand; he is convicted and executed, glad to be rid of his shrewish wife, Diller, whose tongue-lashings and bitchy posturing make her a classic character of hate. Instead of going to Hades, O'Shea is transported to a heavenly area which is peopled by other compulsive

killers all waiting to be reassigned to a new life. The heavenly atmosphere is convincing and Chaplin, portraying O'Shea's otherworld guardian and guide to a new life, provides a brilliant bit of acting. The latter portion of the film dealing with the hereafter is imaginatively mounted, presented

in almost surrealistic settings.

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  • Review: Well-acted film based on the 1923 Elmer Rice play has accomplished Irish actor O'Shea as the frustrated, wife-weary office employee who slaves for retirement only to be fired, replaced by an adding machine. He, in turn, murders his boss and is placed on tr… (more)

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