Strangelove Custard Pie


Over on The Auteurs, Glenn Kenny has published an interview with Anthony Harvey, who was Stanley Kubrick’s editor on Lolita and Dr. Strangelove. As you probably already know, the latter film ends with Peter Sellers, as the title character, getting so excited by his plan to wait out the nuclear winter in a mine shaft, with a select elite and several women to every man, that he staggers out of his chair and shouts, “Mein Führer! I can walk!” — only to be interrupted by a montage of mushroom clouds and the strains of “We’ll Meet Again.” In the interview, Harvey reveals that the original ending was slightly different, and a lot sillier: a massive, deadpan pie-fight. More details — including the surprising reason they cut the ending — here.

Jeremy Hatch is a writer, musician, and professional bookseller leading a cheerful, aimless life in San Francisco. He is the Junior Literary Editor of the Rumpus and has a blog which he updates once in a while. More from this author →