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  • David Marks
    Feb 25, 2012
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      I always look for an excuse to chat about "The Chairman."  It was based on the book of the same title by J. Richard Kennedy.  This film was was one of those rare instances in which it surpassed the book.  The title wanted to make clear the threat that Red China's Chairman Mao Tse-tung posed to the free world.
       
      I first saw "The Chairman" in December 1973 when I was beginning Christmas break in high school.  Our part of the States was beset with a blizzard.  My parents wanted to watch a Gregory Peck movie.  First, I quickly saw a thread of similarity to SEARCH by virtue of the Q-23 implant and the Operation Minotaur control center.  Second, there was the biochemistry and biophysics contributing to the plot.  The MacGuffin was a climate inhibiting enzyme which Gregory Peck must extract for the free world.  At the time I was learning much about biochemistry in school.  There were biochemical teasers at work for me.  Of course, there was the cybernetics at work for Operation Minotaur.  I loved the tense minutes as John Hathaway was making his escape from the PRC to the Mongolian border.  The mag tape Shelby and his British assistant had a skull-and-crossbones on the casing. They were playing it slowly in the thirty-second countdown for detonation.
       
      Oh yes, I didn't recognize it in 1973 until I was able to rewatch "The Chairman" in 1980.  Ziena Merton plays the part of Hong Kong temptress Ting Ling.  This is a very different part for her prior to Sandra in "Space 1999."
       
      Thank you for posting about "The Chairman."  I should think SEARCH owes much to this movies.
       
           End Run,
       
           David in MA
       


      --- On Sat, 2/25/12, secretconcierge <stephenrusell@...> wrote:


      From: secretconcierge <stephenrusell@...>
      Subject: [probe_control] Re: The Chairman
      To: probe_control@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012, 2:43 PM



       



      Movie came out in 1969, & yes we was wired then for audio only.
      Radical concept for Then But today doable.
      Gensis for TV show Search??

      --- In probe_control@yahoogroups.com, Geoff Willmetts <gfwillmetts@...> wrote:
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      > Hello everyone
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      > At long last I've been able to watch `The
      > Chairman'. I have vague memories of the beginning but can't remember why I
      > never saw it all the way through back in the early 70s. Presumably, I didn't
      > have control of the TV set at the time.
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      > I can understand the `Search' connection
      > now although do wonder how they rigged Hathaway for medical telemetry but I
      > suspect it was more to cover the ending when he couldn't speak aloud.
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      > There's still a matter of a quandary of
      > how the device was powered but I guess they didn't think of it back then.
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      > Oh, I thought it was a good film even if
      > it could have done with a better name. Anyone listened to the audio commentary yet??
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      > Geoff
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