The Bedford Incident as an ATL Sept 27, 2022 15:35:18 GMT stevep, simon darkshade, and 2 more like this
Post by oscssw on Sept 27, 2022 15:35:18 GMT
One of my favorite movies is The Bedford Incident. The story takes place aboard a DLG; I served aboard one but of a very different class. It takes place in 1962 Five years before the early January I went to boot camp at Great Lakes. That said, some of the gear, all of the uniforms accept for the long foul weather coat and the absence of Watch caps is the same as was in my initial Sea bag. The Lifers and young enlisted were not much different from my shipmates 5 years later. The story takes place in the Atlantic; I spent almost my entire career in PacFleet. LantFleet and PacFleet are both USN but there were a lot of subtle and some not so subtle differences in the way we did things.
Lastly the production was made without the help of the USN, for obvious reasons. However, the RN seemed to be more than willing to provide as much help as the film crew could use. For example, Bedford was suppose to be a Farragut class, early DLG type, but the topside, below decks scenes, and some of the open ocean views of Bedford were obviously taken of and aboard HMS wakeful F-159 a W&Z class conversion of a Type 15 FF. Her hull number F-159 was plainly visible in the opening shot.
In summary for those who never saw the movie or not in a long time:
It is an early '60's Cold War flick that draws heavily on Herman Melville's classic Moby Dick. Reporter Ben Munceford played by Sidney Poitier, is aboard a U.S. Navy ship sailing near the Arctic Circle, on assignment to write a profile of Capt. Eric Finlander, (IMO Captain Ahab), played by Richard Widmark, a hardened anti-communist Cold War Warrior. Despite the concerns of Munceford, medical officer Chester Potter played by Martin Balsam, and others on the ship, C.O. Finlander/Ahab is shadowing a Soviet submarine on patrol in the same area, hoping to make to force Big Red/Moby Dick, to surface in Nato waters. The cat-and-mouse game, however, turns deadly serious when a young Ensign Ralston/Ishmail played by James MacArthur fires on the Soviet foxtrot SewerPipe.
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke/1st Mate Starbuck , played by Eric Portman, a former Kriegsmarine U-boat officer serving as a NATO technical adviser aboard the Bedford.
Since there never was a USS Bedford DLG-113, to the best of my knowledge the USN did not sink a Soviet Foxtrot in the Denmark Straight in 1962 and that DLG was not vaporized by three nuclear tipped Torpedoes, I think the story qualifies as an ATL. That said, I will of course leave it to our skipper to decide if this thread is acceptable for our Site. I really hope it is because I got a lot to bounce off you folks.