See Stanley Kubrick’s List of Possible Titles for ‘Dr. Strangelove’


Stanley Kubrick’s dark and hilarious Cold War satire, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb, was famously based on Peter George’s dead-serious novel, Red Alert. So, how did Kubrick get from the book’s bland name to a title so catchy in its awkwardness that unoriginal editors are still reusing versions of it to this day? A page from the filmmaker’s notebooks in the Stanley Kubrick Archives reveals that it wasn’t a simple process — he apparently brainstormed a number of titles, from Dr. Doomsday Meets Ingrid Strangelove to Dr. Strangelove’s Secret Uses of Uranus. See Kubrick’s handwritten notes after the jump, and visit Lists of Note for the transcription.