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Protecting our Purity Of Essence

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Born March 26, 1916, today would be Sterling Hayden‘s 87th birthday.

The Godfather was the biggest movie he was in, with a modest supporting role as a corrupt police captain.

A better movie as far as being a showcase for Hayden was the 1956 The Killing, an early and underrated Kubrick crime thriller.

His immortality, of course, comes from his role as General Jack D Ripper, the base commander who went off his rocker in Dr Strangelove, unilaterally starting a nuclear war and setting off the end of civilization. This may be the funniest movie role of all time.


You know when fluoridation first began?


No. No, I don’t, Jack. No.


Nineteen hundred and forty six. Nineteen fortysix, Mandrake. How
does that coincide with your postwar commie conspiracy, huh? It’s
incredibly obvious, isn’t it? A foreign substance is introduced
into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the
individual, and certainly without any choice. That’s the way your

hard core commie works.


Jack… Jack, listen, tell me, ah… when did you first become,
well, develop this theory.


Well, I ah, I I first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the
physical act of love.


Yes a profound sense of fatigue, a feeling of emptiness followed.
Luckily I was able to interpret these feelings correctly: loss of


I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women… women
sense my power, and they seek the life essence. I do not avoid
women, Mandrake, but I do deny them my essence.

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  • Al,

    I drank enormous amounts of Kubrick Kool-Aide in college, so I love Dr. Strangelove–in fact, I posted about it–and why men in particular seem to really love that film–last fall.

    I wouldn’t mind reading a of biography of Sterling Hayden–he must have been quite a character. And like Peter Sellers, Kubrick really got a couple of excellent performances out of him.

    Nice post!