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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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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 »


Narrator: Here's Tony going to his Cub Scout meeting. Tony knows the bomb can explode anytime of the year, day or night. He is ready for it. Duck and cover! Attaboy, Tony! That flash means: act fast.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Homer Defined (1991) 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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Mr. Turtle tells us what to do when the atomic mushrooms bloom.
11 April 2000 | by yenloSee all my reviews

Having been in the first grade during the Cuban Missile Crisis the entire elementary school I attended got to watch this film. It of course now is looked upon the same way that a film like "Reefer Madness" is looked upon. It seems to me that the authorities i.e. the government, school administrations, whoever, would have had enough education and just plain common sense to realize that in the event of a nuclear blast hiding under a school desk with your coat over you just wouldn't cut it. The film is the standard public service films that were cranked out during this period. A little light humor is thrown in with a cartoon turtle who crawls into his shell whenever trouble comes his way. Video stores sometimes carry these films and while they are now hilarious and severely outdated they no doubt were taken seriously at the time.

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