May 21, 1973


George C. Scott, the crusty actor who turned down an Oscar two years before Marlon Brando did, does not seem to have much use for humans. In the movie of Robert Merle's political thriller The Day of the Dolphin, Scott is the scientist who becomes very friendly with a pair of Tursiops truncatus, the bottle-nosed mammals that may be the closest animal to man in intelligence. The scientist manages to get Bi and Fa, the cetaceans in his charge, to talk English, but what they tell him, alas, would be enough to confirm Scott's worst fears about man.