The movie is on youtube:
The human actors included Peter Sellers, and Jean Seberg. And anyone who likes science fiction has a chance of recognizing "Dr. Who", William Hartnell, as Peter Sellers' second in command. The movie is a time capsule of ideas from the fifties, where America was basking in glory as the bastion of freedom in the world, and the generous victor who helped rebuild Japan and Germany. Although I noticed just a slight undercurrent of resentment in England, in that Britain did not benefit much or at all from the generous deal America offered to the losers. So this movie derives much of its British humour from the sentiments that were always a little below the surface of the general goodwill towards America of the fifties.
The main comedic device of the movie is a football sized (and shaped) doomsday device, capable of blowing up "North America and a little bit of South America too", which spends the entire movie activated in a hair trigger state, with a warning buzzer that goes off every time somebody nearby stumbles. The possibilities for mirth are endless, and the movie tries to exploit all of them.
There are quite a few lines of dialogue, and situations in the movie that have some dramatic irony looking back from the year 2010. For example in the attack on New York, all the defences are down due to a training drill, similar to the attack on New York on 9/11.
Several quotes give a feel for some of the unintended irony of the movie.
General Snippet (U.S. Army), captured by Fenwick: I warn you, madam - I know the entire Geneva Convention by heart!In 1964, Peter Sellers was in the movie "Dr. Strangelove". Attitudes had changed dramatically regarding "Doomsday devices" and regarding America in 5 years. Dr Strangelove is also on youtube.
Grand Duchess Gloriana: Oh, how nice! You must recite it for me some evening; I play the harpsichord.
General Snippet: Remember, men, no matter what they do, don't talk.
U.S. Policeman: What if they torture us?
General Snippet: Just don't talk!
U.S. Policeman: Can we scream a little?
It's the honest thing to do. It's the wise thing to do. It's the American thing to do.
American General "Do you want it recorded in history that a nation of our size attacked the smallest country in the world?"