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Posted by on May 22, 2009 in Kick-Back Friday

Kick-Back Friday: #67

Kick-Back Friday: #67


Fail-Safe (1964): With its self-important tone and preposterous ending, it’s more miss than hit for director Sidney Lumet and his original* cold-war drama. But as a time capsule of doomsday angst, the film has its merits, including a surprisingly touching performance by Larry Hagman (pre-“I Dream of Jeannie”) as the President’s Russian translator.

* In 2000, Fail-Safe was remade as a live TV broadcast, starring Richard Dreyfuss and George Clooney.

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A native East Tennessean, Barbara Martin is a formerly practicing, board-certified neurologist who received her BS (psychology, summa cum laude) and MD from Duke University before completing her postgraduate training (internship, residency, fellowship) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has worked in academia, private practice, medical publishing, drug market research, and continuing medical education (CME). For the last 3 years, she has worked in a freelance capacity as a medical writer, analyst, and consultant. Follow Dr. Barbara Martin on and Twitter.