Seven Days in May: License Plate

Filmed in 1963, released in 1964, Seven Days in May is apparently set in 1970, as indicated by the registration decal on this:

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Additionally, a map seen in the Pentagon offices has the date 1970 on it.

Seven Days in May

In honor of the running of the Preakness today, I’d like to highlight a lesser-known cold war political drama, something of a brother to films like The Manchurian Candidate: Seven Days in May.

Starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas, directed by John Frankenheimer, and screenplay by Rod Serling.

You can see my previous post on the pivotal note here.

More posts on this film later.


Seven Days in May: Ecomcon Note and Replica

Revisiting this blog post on Burt Lancaster’s birthday, I retouched my earlier screencaps:

And recreated the US DOD letterhead. The paper size seems to be about half US letter size, so these files are therefore 2-up:


One file has a raster image for the seal (GIF, perhaps more screen-accurate), the other has vector art (slightly less accurate, but likely sharper output when printed):

Ecomcon 2-up GIFs • Ecomcon 2-up Vector

Incidentally, that is the real DOD seal on the hero props, and the DOD still uses a similar design today. As for the excellent pencil penmanship, you are on your own.

Seven Days in May: Ecomcon Note

The following screencaptures are from the Kirk Douglas / Burt Lancaster film “Seven Days in May,” 1963, directed by John Frankenheimer.

The note in question, written on Department of Defense stationery, lists several points of the attempted coup d’etat:

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