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Duck and Cover - 1951 - Famous Civil Defense Film - Bert the Turtle says Duck and Cover

Duck and Cover - 1951 - Famous Civil Defense Film

Bert the Turtle says Duck and Cover

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Bert the Turtle was the star of the official U.S. Civil Defense film, "Duck and Cover" for children in which Bert shows what to do in case of an atomic attack. This film is a combination of animated cartoon and live action.

It all begins with "Bert the Turtle" wobbling down the street and singing a song, "Duck and Cover." When there is a bright flash, Bert immediately ducks into his shell covering. The narrator explains that when there is a bright flash - brighter than the sun - children should follow Bert's example. The film shifts to a classroom of first or second grade youngsters who are practicing what to do in the case of an atomic attack.

The narrator further explains that boys and girls should know what to do in case of an atomic attack just as they know what to do in case of a fire. He explains that this new danger can cause several types of injuries. He tells them that it can knock them down or burn them. As the youngsters listen, the narrator explains that many schools are talking about atomic attacks and that all should be learning the best ways of protection. The rules which he explains are demonstrated by youngsters who are shown in the school yard, playing at home, and walking down the street. The simple rule that they should be like Bert, who ducks and covers, is emphasized.

The film ends by suggesting that, whether you are in the city or the country and whether you are at home or away, you must always be ready to duck and cover when there is an atomic explosion. "Bert the Turtle" once again sings his song and shows how he, too, ducks and covers when there is a bright flash.

This video is the original cut of Duck and Cover as it was released to schools by the Federal Civil Defense Administration. In 1982, segments of Duck and Cover were used in the documentary film Atomic Café.

Country:
United States
Year:
Language
  • English
Period/s:
  • Cold War (1947-1991)
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
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