Fail-Safe (novel)

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Fail-Safe is a bestselling American novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler.wikipedia
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Eugene Burdick

Eugene L. Burdick
Fail-Safe is a bestselling American novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler.
Eugene Leonard Burdick (December 12, 1918 – July 26, 1965) was an American political scientist, novelist, and non-fiction writer, co-author of The Ugly American (1958), Fail-Safe (1962), and author of The 480 (1965).

Fail Safe (1964 film)

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The novel was released on October 22, 1962, and was then adapted into a 1964 film of the same name directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, and Walter Matthau.
Fail Safe is a 1964 Cold War thriller film directed by Sidney Lumet, based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler.

Harvey Wheeler

John Harvey Wheeler
Fail-Safe is a bestselling American novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler.
He was best known as co-author with Eugene Burdick of Fail-Safe (1962), an early Cold War novel that depicted what could easily go wrong in an age on the verge of nuclear war.

Fail Safe (2000 film)

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In 2000, the novel was adapted again for a televised play, broadcast live in black and white on CBS.
Fail Safe is a 2000 televised broadcast play, based on Fail-Safe, the Cold War novel by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler.

Nuclear warfare

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All three works have the same theme, accidental nuclear war, with the same plot. Concluding that the fail-safe order and the radio jamming could mean only nuclear war, Grady orders the Group Six crew towards Moscow, their intended destination.
Many such scenarios have been depicted in popular culture, such as in the 1959 film On the Beach, the 1962 novel Fail-Safe (released as a film in 1964); the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, also released in 1964; the film WarGames, released in 1983.

Red Alert (novel)

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Fail-Safe was purported to be so similar to an earlier novel, Red Alert, that Red Alerts author, Peter George and film producer Stanley Kubrick, sued on a charge of copyright infringement, settling out of court. The book so closely resembled the 1958 novel Red Alert by Peter George (which was adapted by George and Stanley Kubrick into the mutually assured destruction satire Dr. Strangelove in 1964, as well) that George filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement.
Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler's later best-seller, Fail-Safe, so closely resembled Red Alert in its premise that George sued on the charge of copyright infringement, resulting in an out-of-court settlement.

Dr. Strangelove

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The book so closely resembled the 1958 novel Red Alert by Peter George (which was adapted by George and Stanley Kubrick into the mutually assured destruction satire Dr. Strangelove in 1964, as well) that George filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement.
Indeed, the novel Fail-Safe (on which the film is based) is so similar to Red Alert that Peter George sued on charges of plagiarism and settled out of court.

The Saturday Evening Post

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The story was initially serialized in three installments in the Saturday Evening Post, on October 13, 20, and 27, 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Cuban Missile Crisis

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The story was initially serialized in three installments in the Saturday Evening Post, on October 13, 20, and 27, 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Sidney Lumet

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The novel was released on October 22, 1962, and was then adapted into a 1964 film of the same name directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, and Walter Matthau.

Henry Fonda

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The novel was released on October 22, 1962, and was then adapted into a 1964 film of the same name directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, and Walter Matthau.

Dan O'Herlihy

Daniel O'Herlihy
The novel was released on October 22, 1962, and was then adapted into a 1964 film of the same name directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, and Walter Matthau.

Walter Matthau

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The novel was released on October 22, 1962, and was then adapted into a 1964 film of the same name directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda, Dan O'Herlihy, and Walter Matthau.

Black and white

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In 2000, the novel was adapted again for a televised play, broadcast live in black and white on CBS.

CBS

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In 2000, the novel was adapted again for a televised play, broadcast live in black and white on CBS.

Peter George (author)

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Fail-Safe was purported to be so similar to an earlier novel, Red Alert, that Red Alerts author, Peter George and film producer Stanley Kubrick, sued on a charge of copyright infringement, settling out of court. The book so closely resembled the 1958 novel Red Alert by Peter George (which was adapted by George and Stanley Kubrick into the mutually assured destruction satire Dr. Strangelove in 1964, as well) that George filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement.

Stanley Kubrick

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Fail-Safe was purported to be so similar to an earlier novel, Red Alert, that Red Alerts author, Peter George and film producer Stanley Kubrick, sued on a charge of copyright infringement, settling out of court. The book so closely resembled the 1958 novel Red Alert by Peter George (which was adapted by George and Stanley Kubrick into the mutually assured destruction satire Dr. Strangelove in 1964, as well) that George filed a lawsuit for copyright infringement.

Copyright infringement

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Fail-Safe was purported to be so similar to an earlier novel, Red Alert, that Red Alerts author, Peter George and film producer Stanley Kubrick, sued on a charge of copyright infringement, settling out of court.

Strategic Air Command

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The title refers to the "fail-safe point" used by the Strategic Air Command (SAC) to prevent an SAC bomber from accidentally crossing into Soviet airspace and precipitating a nuclear war.

Fail-safe

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In general, a fail safe ensures that, as far as possible, the machine or process will not make things worse in the event of something going wrong.

Convair B-58 Hustler

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A technical failure at the height of the alert allows the attack code to be accidentally transmitted to Group Six, which consists of six Vindicator supersonic bombers (footage of Convair B-58 Hustler bombers is used in the film).

Moscow

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Concluding that the fail-safe order and the radio jamming could mean only nuclear war, Grady orders the Group Six crew towards Moscow, their intended destination.

White House

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At meetings in Omaha, at the Pentagon, and in the fallout shelter of the White House, American politicians and scholars debate the implications of the attack.

President of the United States

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The President of the United States (unnamed but apparently modeled on John F. Kennedy) refuses to consider such a course of action.