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Thursday 19 Jul 2018 | 02:28 | SYDNEY

'Mah fellah merkins'


Sam Roggeveen


4 June 2008 21:03

Good news. The ABC (that is, the Australian Broadcasting Corp) is screening Dr Strangelove on Saturday night. I know one bit of trivia about this film, which I'm not looking up to confirm, because if it's not true, I don't want to know. And it's this: the president in the movie, Merkin Muffley, is named in honour of Lyndon Johnson, who, when addressing the nation, would open with the standard presidential phrase, 'My fellow Americans'. Except in Texan, it came out as 'Mah fellah merkins'. Cute, eh?

I must say I've never found this film to be terribly funny — it's just too dark for that. But my, that script! That set! That Sellers!: