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Mon Jun 19, 2017, 02:01 AM

The 1969 TV movie "Daughter of the Mind" contains some insightful dialog.

How about a 1969 TV movie about possible Russian hacking of an American scientist's mental condition in order to get him to defect to the U.S.S.R.? Add to that premises the chilling concept that the psychosis-triggering events involve the professor's sighting and communication with his recently deceased young daughter. If you are intrigued by this mystery, access YouTube and watch "Daughter of the Mind." Here are a few lines delivered by the skeptical U. S. Army general in the script:

"In certain occasions involving national defense, counter-intelligence is given wide discretion in the use of wiretapping and other electronic devices. Such discretion was availed here. . . .'

"Oh, someone is communicating with Professor Constable, alright. Somebody from the other side, alright. The other side in the Cold War. They’re experts in defections and conversions. They use prostitutes, kidnapping, homosexuals, blackmail, phony morality, religion. It does not surprise me a bit they use a decent man's grief and guilt over the death of his daughter."

The movie is an adaptation of Paul Gallico's 1964 novel "The Hand of Mary Constable." Paul Gallico (1897-1976) was a prolific writer whose best known story is "The Poseidon Adventure."

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