MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 22,998 this week

Duck and Cover (1952)

6.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.1/10 from 632 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 3 critic

A grinning monkey sitting in a tree dangles a lit firecracker from a fishing pole just over the head of an unwary turtle. Realizing that an explosion is pending, the turtle ducks and takes ... See full summary »

Director:

(uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2853 titles
created 14 Dec 2011
 
a list of 698 titles
created 22 Apr 2012
 
list image
a list of 10 titles
created 09 Apr 2013
 
a list of 989 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 53 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Duck and Cover" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Duck and Cover (1952)

Duck and Cover (1952) on IMDb 6.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Duck and Cover.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Disturbing collection of 1940s and 1950s United States government issued propaganda films designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety.

Directors: Jayne Loader, Kevin Rafferty, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Paul Tibbets, Harry S. Truman, W.H.P. Blandy
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.6/10 X  

George Putnam narrates standing in front of a map of the U.S., using large title cards to establish each topic. He argues that moral decay is spreading in this country: pornography, smut ... See full summary »

Stars: George Putnam, Damian O'Flynn
Duck Soup (1933)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Rufus T. Firefly is named president/dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters
The Tin Drum (1979)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up ... See full summary »

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Stars: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe
1941 (1979)
Action | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Hysterical Californians prepare for a Japanese invasion in the days after Pearl Harbor.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Treat Williams
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Gus Visser performs part of his vaudeville act, appearing on the stage holding a white duck. Gus sings the song, "Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me)", and soon the duck begins to accompany him by quacking.

Directors: Theodore Case, Earl I. Sponable
Stars: Gus Visser
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
Leo M. Langlois III ...
Tony - Boy on Bike (uncredited)
Ray J. Mauer ...
Civil Defense Worker (uncredited)
Robert Middleton ...
Narrator (uncredited)
Carl Ritchie ...
Bert (voice) (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

A grinning monkey sitting in a tree dangles a lit firecracker from a fishing pole just over the head of an unwary turtle. Realizing that an explosion is pending, the turtle ducks and takes cover inside his shell just in time to avoid immolation from the explosion. As the scene changes to a picnicking All-American Family, a voice-over explains that in order to survive a nuclear attack, one must duck and cover. Written by Jason A. Cormier

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Animation | Short

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 January 1952 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

The man on the tractor makes no attempt to shut off the tractor before jumping down from it and landing right in front of the rear wheel, yet the tractor is at a complete stop when he hits the ground. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: It's a bomb! Duck and cover!
See more »

Connections

Featured in Quantum Leap: Nuclear Family - October 26, 1962 (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Bert the Turtle
(uncredited)
Written by Leon Carr and Leo Corday
Performed by Dave Lambert
Arranged by Dave Lambert (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fair
16 January 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Duck and Cover (1953)

** (out of 4)

Atomic scare film is part animation and part live action. The animated part has Bert the Turtle walking when a monkey lights a firecracker behind him. The turtle then teachers the kids how to duck and cover. We then get a narrator telling us what we should look for an expect in case of an atomic attack. Looking at these films today you can't help but roll you eyes but at the same time it's somewhat scary because of what we're told in this film. Had an atomic explosion really went off you can't help but this about how unhelpful films like this would have been. Informing people to put a newspaper on your head to prevent burns? Cover your necks with your hands to avoid burns? On a technical level this thing is pretty poorly done because if you pay close attention you'll notice then telling you how to "duck" during one scene at yet others showing us how to duck are wrong or at least don't match up with what was told earlier.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Basketball Players Were exempt From the Rule Chesterfield_Invincible
Why do so many people think this movie is hilarious? mheckman-1
Discuss Duck and Cover (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?