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Movies: “Seven Days in May”

May 20, 1963 - George Macready (third from left) will play the role of Secretary of the Interior and personal friend of the President in “Seven Days in May,” which Paramount will release at the end of the year or early in 1964. He joins Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Frederic March, and Edmond O’Brien in the film. The plot of the political thriller deals with a military-political cabal’s planned takeover of the United States government in reaction to the President's negotiation of a disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union. John Frankenheimer is directing the screenplay by Rod Serling, which is based on the novel of the same name by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W. Bailey II. Burt Lancaster’s character, General James Mattoon Scott, leader of the cabal, is believed to have been inspired by both General Curtis LeMay and former General Edwin Walker. The film is set in 1970.


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