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Dr. Strangelove Scene 14

Scene 14

Scene 14

  • Back in Ripper's office, Mandrake fiddles with his stick of gum as Ripper lays out the details of his crazy theory that the Communists are secretly attacking America through the process of fluoridation, which is contaminating our "precious bodily fluids."
  • Ripper's weird rantings are interrupted by bullets flying through the window.
  • He rips a machine gun from a set of golf clubs and orders Mandrake to help feed ammo into it.
  • Mandrake makes excuses, saying a "string" in his bad leg is broken, but Ripper orders him to help, saying, "The Redcoats are coming."
  • Which is funny because Mandrake is British.