Cinema: The Day the Bomb Fell

Fail Safe first appeared as the Domesday Book of 1962, a propagandistic piece of fantascience in which Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler warned the world that at any moment a SAC computer might go crazy and cause a nuclear holocaust. Sold to a Hollywood operator for $500,000, the novel has now been made into a sensational scareshow that for the first hour or so will seem credible to civilians and keep their teeth chattering like Geiger counters. But as a work of art and an effort of polemic, Fail Safe labors under a special...

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