The Canon Episode 65: FAIL-SAFE (1964)

It's the end of the world as we know it.

This episode of The Canon was supposed to be The Lost Weekend but it got changed at the last minute thanks to some complaints from Amy. Listen to the show to find out her reasoning. My apologies if you hunted down a copy of that movie in preparation, but don't fret - we're doing it later in March!

Our replacement film is Fail-Safe, the underrated Sidney Lumet Cold War thriller that sees Henry Fonda dealing with imminent atomic catastrophe. It came out the same year as the similarly themed Dr. Strangelove, but what if I told you that I liked Fail-Safe better as a Cold War tale? Would you think I was crazy? Well, I make just that argument this week. 

One thing I forgot to mention in the show was the 1964 LBJ campaign ad "Daisy," which I think is really germane to the context of this picture and the world in which it was released. Watch it below: 

That stunning ad aired only once. And it worked. Somebody needs to make one like that about Trump!

You can vote on whether Fail-Safe makes it into the Canon right here. 

As always: please rate, review and share the show with friends!

Next week we're keeping it black and white with Lolita. Another feel-good movie!

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