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Duck and Cover (1952)

Instructional short aimed at school-aged children of the early 1950s that combines animation and live-action footage with voice-over narration to explain what to do to increase their chances of surviving the blast from an atomic bomb.


Anthony Rizzo (uncredited)

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


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 an atomic attack, one must duck and cover. Written by Jason A. Cormier

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Release Date:

7 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пригнись и накройся See more »

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Production Co:

Archer Productions (II) See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the bomb goes off while Paul and Patty are walking down the street, the people in the background don't duck and cover at the same time. See more »


Singers: [Opening lines - Sung] Diddle Dum Dum. Diddle Dum Dum. There was a turtle by the name of Bert. And Bert the Turtle was very alert. When danger threatened he never got hurt. He knew just what to do. He ducked and cover. Duck and Cover. He did what we all must learn to do. You and you and you and you. Duck and cover!
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Referenced in Private Practice: I'm Fine (2012) See more »


Bert the Turtle
Written by Leon Carr and Leo Corday
Performed by Dave Lambert
Arranged by Dave Lambert (uncredited)
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Hilarious for so many reasons
10 January 2004 | by hershiser2See all my reviews

I'm sure the atomic bomb scares caused them to make this film to ease children's fears of an incident, by giving them hope that by covering their head and neck, they'd have a chance of survival. But, it's hilarious- there's no way those who made the film could have believed what they were saying, and the way things are acted out make it even funnier.

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