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Dr. Strangelove Scene 20

Scene 20

Scene 20

  • Mandrake convinces Guano to let him call the President on a pay phone.
  • Unfortunately, Mandrake doesn't have enough change, so he tries to make it a collect call.
  • The White House won't accept the charges, so Mandrake has to convince Guano to shoot a Coke machine and take the change.
  • Guano grimly tells Mandrake that if this doesn't work out, he'll have to answer to the Coca Cola Corporation. Scary stuff.
  • Watch and learn, Shmoopers: the next time you need to make a phone call to avert a nuclear war, be sure to bring enough change.
  • Oh, wait. We mean make sure your phone is charged and has at least three bars.