Scott, and features Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, and Slim Pickens. The film is loosely based on Peter George's thriller novel Red Alert (1958).
The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union.
General Ripper orders his executive officer, Group Captain Lionel Mandrake of the UK Royal Air Force, to put the base on alert. All of the aircraft commence an attack flight on the USSR and set their radios to allow communications only through their CRM 114 discriminators, which was designed to accept only communications preceded by a secret three-letter code known only to General Ripper. Turgidson then attempts to convince Muffley to let the attack continue, but Muffley refuses to be party to a nuclear first strike.
Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, more commonly known as Dr.
Sellers had also played three roles in The Mouse That Roared (1959).
Kubrick accepted the demand, later explaining that "such crass and grotesque stipulations are the sine qua non of the motion-picture business". "King" Kong, the B-52 Stratofortress aircraft commander, but from the beginning, Sellers was reluctant.
It was listed as number three on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list. Ripper is commander of Burpelson Air Force Base, which houses the Strategic Air Command 843rd Bomb Wing, flying B-52 bombers armed with hydrogen bombs.
The 843rd Wing is flying on airborne alert, two hours from their targets inside the USSR.