Sterling Hayden, a Strategic Air Command general, on his own initiative, sends bomb-carrying planes to attack Russia and, after sealing in the air base, no one is able to countermand his orders. Even the President (Peter Sellers) is unable to take decisive action and he calls a meeting in the Pentagon with other generals and even the Russian envoy (Peter Bull) participating. The latter threatens that if the U.S. planes bomb Russia, that country will release its secret weapon, a "Doomsday Machine," which will annihilate all the earth's inhabitants. Finally, an eccentric scientist, Dr. Strangelove (also Peter Sellers), is brought in and proves to be a former Nazi who invented these death-dealing devices. After Hayden, worried about fluoridation of water, commits suicide, several other fantastic events take place -- with no logical ending for the picture.
The top selling angles are Peter Sellers, who plays three vividly-contrasted roles, and the attention-getting title. Use photos of Sellers in each of his three characterizations (this first made a star of Alec Guiness in his seven roles in "Kind Hearts and Coronets").
The wild hot-line suspense comedy... Why did Dr. Strangelove want ten women for each man? And why did General Jack D. Ripper unleash his H-Bombers to attack Russia? Columbia. 93 min. Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenen Wynn and Slim Pickens