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Humanist Archives: Sept. 14, 2021, 7:46 a.m. Humanist 35.235 - Walk East on Beacon found!

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        Date: 2021-09-13 12:56:31+00:00
        From: Jim Kelly <>
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 35.229: Walk East on Beacon?

[Thanks to Jim K for the following help, and esp to Jan Rybicki for uncovering it 
on YouTube, at ( After
watching the movie through, I am glad to say that framing the SSEC 
in the paranoia of the early 1950s and connecting the machine with research 
that is said to enable placing an object (read missile) anywhere on earth does 
indeed put the machine in context. BTW, you may be interested to check out 
Alastair Cooke's description of his visit to 'Papa', as the SSEC was called, in his 
book One Man's America (1952).

Willard, Not quite what you wanted, but it looks like some businesses have DVDs
of the film for sale (e.g.,
Walk East On Beacon! (1952) DVD - Zeus -<>
Walk East on Beacon (1952)Director:Alfred L. WerkerWriters:Laurence Heath
(additional writing), J. Edgar Hoover (article)Stars:George Murphy, Finlay
Currie, Virginia Gilmore
And ILL should be able to secure one for you from a British library:
Walk east on Beacon! (DVD video, 2014)
Get this from a library! Walk east on Beacon!. [Martin Berkeley; Leo Rosten;
Louis De Rochemont; Alfred L Werker; George Murphy; Finlay Currie; Virginia
Gilmore; J Edgar Hoover; United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation.; Sony
Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm); Film Foundation.; Turner Classic Movies
(Firm);] -- Walk east on Beacon!: &#034;[A] tale of Communist spies stealing
secrets about the Manhattan Project. The source material was a Reader&#039;s
Digest article by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and the movie ...
Hope that you turn up a copy without too much bother. Jim Kelly
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Subject: [Humanist] 35.229: Walk East on Beacon?

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 229.
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        Date: 2021-09-13 06:56:29+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: Walk East on Beacon (1952)

Does anyone here have an uploadable copy of the 1952 film Walk East on
Beacon? It has a sequence shot in the World Headquarters of IBM in
Manhattan that takes place around the Selective Sequence Electronic
Calculator. I would like to see this in its total context. Unfortunately
I've been unable to find it anywhere.

Many thanks. Off-list offers would exceed a warm welcome!

Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist<>

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