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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-10-12 07:43 AM
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Preakness scene in "Seven Days in May"
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Seven Days in May and the Preakness

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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-12-12 03:11 PM
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1. I'd forgotten how good that movie was.
But unlike in reality, in the movie, the good guys win.
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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-16-12 12:48 PM
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2. Kirk & Kubrick

Good point. I was never a big Kirk Douglas fan but thought he was very good in this. Plus you have to admire what he did behind the scenes...
Seven Days in May and General Walker
Posted 24 June 2009 - 07:30 AM

Last night I watched "Seven Days in May". The film stands up very well. I was especially impressed with the acting and the script by Rod Serling.

The film is based on the novel by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II and published in 1962. The author, Knebel, got the idea for the book after interviewing the Air Force Chief of Staff Curtis LeMay. At the time LeMay had spoken to some of his staff about removing the President from power.

In the film the leader of the plot, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Air Force General James Mattoon Scott, is compared to General Edwin A. Walker.

It is believed that Knebel got the idea for the book after a conversation with President Kennedy. It was Knebel's first novel. According to John Frankenheimer, the director, Pierre Salinger conveyed to him that JFK wanted the film be made, "these were the days of General Walker" and, though the Pentagon did not want the film made, the President would conveniently arrange to visit Hyannis Port for a weekend when the film needed to shoot outside the White House.

The main figure behind the film was not John Frankenheimer but Kirk Douglas and his film company, Joel Productions. It was Douglas who broke the blacklist with producing Spartacus in 1960. Joe McCarthy along with General Walker gets a mention in the film.

In the book, the secret United States Army combat unit created and controlled by Scott's conspiracy is based in Texas near Fort Bliss. However, in the film the venue is changed to San Diego. I wonder why?

Rod Serling is an interesting choice to write the script. He had very left-wing views and was very frustrated by the amount of political censorship he suffered. In 1959, he began producing The Twilight Zone. He stated in an interview that the science fiction format would not be controversial and would escape censorship unlike his earlier work on television. In reality the show gave him the opportunity to communicate social messages in a more veiled context.

Serling died of a heart-attack at the age of 50.

Here's a little history Kirk Douglas had with Stanley Kubrick:
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-27-12 12:03 PM
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3. Fort Bliss is near El Paso...
Going from memory, I thought the movie placed Site Y near El Paso. The Senator had to go to a bar in order to find out where it was. Other than that, members of Spartacus Schoolnet make very few mistakes.

Oh. Almost forgot. Something from the Associative Universe file:

Was LeMay at Camp X?

Thank you for an outstanding post and links, MinM.
Thanks even more for standing up in opposition to the murderous traitors.
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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-07-12 04:29 PM
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4. Right back at you, Octafish*
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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-08-12 03:00 PM
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5. Camp X, the secret training camp for spies used by the British and Americans
Edited on Sun Jul-08-12 03:55 PM by MinM

Where was General Curtis LeMay at the time president Kennedy was assassinated?

Was he on vacation hunting and fishing in upstate Michigan, as his official biographies attest, or was he at Camp X or at a secret command & control bunker overseeing the Dealey Plaza operation? ...

Camp X was the unofficial name of a Second World War paramilitary and commando training installation, on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario between Whitby and Oshawa in Ontario, Canada. The area is known today as Intrepid Park, after the code name for Sir William Stephenson of the British Security Coordination. ...
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