Portentously portrays the evacuation of Portland, Oregon, when threatened by a nuclear attack on its state-of-the-art civil defense system.

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Portentously portrays the evacuation of Portland, Oregon, when threatened by a nuclear attack on its state-of-the-art civil defense system.

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8 December 1957 (USA)  »

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Hey gang....surviving a nuclear holocaust is easy...and fun!
25 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I found this ultra-bizarre public service film on archive.org and apart from its historical value, I can't see a lot of reason for you to rush to copy this to your computer for viewing. The film is a very dry documentary about what the good folks in Portland, Oregon have planned in order to try to survive a nuclear attack. It all sounds very sensible, civilized and easy as Glenn Ford narrates...never mind that most of the town would be vaporized long before they could evacuate. Back in the 50s and 60s, there was a big effort here in the States to try to make nuclear war seem survivable and such nonsense as 'duck and cover' was drilled into peoples' heads. Seen today, it's all very strange and surreal. Despite being very dull and probably pointless, it is interesting when seen today as a historical artifact of this bygone era. If I had a copy of this film back when I was teaching world history, it might have been interesting to show the kids so that they'd understand what it was like growing up in the shadow of the Bomb.


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