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Check This Out: Stanley Kubrick’s List of Unused Titles for ‘Dr. Strangelove’

Dr. Strangelove
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‘Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’ is not only high on the list of all-time classic films, but it’s also got one of the most distinctive titles in cinematic history. Yet director Stanley Kubrick had a lot of other titles in mind first.

A rundown of unused titles for the movie was found scrawled in one of Kubrick’s notebooks (see the image below from Screened) and published in ‘The Stanley Kubrick Archives,’ a massive coffee-table scrapbook/history of the visionary filmmaker’s entire career.

Here is the nearly complete list of titles, helpfully organized in alphabetical order by Lists of Note (without a few hard-to-decipher scribblings):

Doctor Doomsday
Don’t Knock the Bomb
Dr. Doomsday and his Nuclear Wiseman
Dr. Doomsday Meets Ingrid Strangelove
Dr. Doomsday or: How to Start World War III Without Even Trying
Dr. Strangelove’s Bomb
Dr. Strangelove’s Secret Uses of Uranus
My Bomb, Your Bomb
Save The Bomb
Strangelove: Nuclear Wiseman
The Bomb and Dr. Strangelove or: How to be Afraid 24hrs a Day
The Bomb of Bombs
The Doomsday Machine
The Passion of Dr. Strangelove
Wonderful Bomb

Oddly, the title that was eventually used is nowhere to be found. It’s hard to think of the film under another name at this point — some 48 years after its initial release — but if we had to choose one or two, ‘Dr. Doomsday or: How to Start World War III Without Even Trying’ or ‘The Passion of Dr. Strangelove’ might make the cut (somehow we don’t think ‘Dr. Strangelove’s Secret Uses of Uranus’ would have passed muster with the studio).

Are there any on the list that you would have preferred to the title we have now?

Unused 'Strangelove' Titles from Kubrick's Notebooks
The Stanley Kubrick Archives

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