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Dr. Strangelove Scene 3

Scene 3

Scene 3

  • At an American Air Force base, the British Group Captain Mandrake gets a call from the cigar-smoking General Jack D. Ripper.
  • Ripper orders Mandrake to put the base on red alert and tells the Captain that war with the Russians has started.
  • The General also orders that all the radios on base be confiscated so that saboteurs can't try to make contact.
  • The base is to be put on lockdown because Soviets disguised as Americans might try to attack.
  • Scariest of all, Mandrake is supposed to alert the planes in the air that "Plan R" is in effect.
  • We can tell from Mandrake's horrified reaction that this is not good...not good at all.