Cinema: Man the Pushbuttons!

The Bedford Incident. Assigned to track Soviet submarine movements in the North Atlantic, the destroyer U.S.S. Bedford is laden with detecting devices, rocket-booster torpedoes and predatory instincts. "A floating IBM machine," says Medico Martin Balsam, who wishes he were back in the Reserves. Bedford's crewmen look more like science majors than sea dogs. They don't play poker, they don't go on sick call. Furthermore, Balsam grumbles: "Can you picture any of these guys singing Anchors Aweighl"

Nonetheless, in Scenarist James Poe's gritty adaptation of the cold war thriller by Mark Rascovich, Bedford appears...

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