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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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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 »


[last lines]
Bert: Remember what to do, friends! Now tell me right out loud: what are you supposed to do when you see the flash?
Children: [offscreen] Duck... and cover!
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Bert the Turtle
Written by Leon Carr and Leo Corday
Performed by Dave Lambert
Arranged by Dave Lambert (uncredited)
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I did the drill
6 September 2001 | by janesbit1See all my reviews

All through grade school we did the various drills and I remember seeing the film during that time. After all that trained paranoia, it made the Cuban Missle Crisis far scarier than it looks like today in Thirteen Days.

Of course the film appears comical today, but I do remember being cynical about the duck and cover drill back in 4th grade. I distinctly remember telling my desk partner (Pam) that I didn't think the drill would do any good if the bomb actually drops cause we'd all be killed anyway.

It's fun to look back on this film and have a good laugh though. Even more ludicrous are the governmental lies and denials--on the second sequence they state that "thousands of lives at Hiroshima could have been saved if they had known to 'Duck and Cover'"

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7 January 1952 (USA) See more »

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