Duck and Cover (film)

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Duck and Cover is a civil defense social guidance film that is often popularly mischaracterized as propaganda.wikipedia
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National Film Registry

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It was selected by the National Film Registry for preservation in 2004.

Social guidance film

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Duck and Cover is a civil defense social guidance film that is often popularly mischaracterized as propaganda.
While many of the films were merely instructional (like 1941's Posture and Exercise, 1949's Posture and Personality and 1952's Duck and Cover), others ended with an invitation for a classroom discussion of the topic (1956's What About Alcoholism?; 1959's What About Prejudice?), whereas others were presented as striking cautionary tales (1959's Signal 30; 1961's Seduction of the Innocent; 1967's Narcotics: Pit of Despair).

Civil defense

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Duck and Cover is a civil defense social guidance film that is often popularly mischaracterized as propaganda.
In Duck and Cover, Bert the Turtle advocated that children "duck and cover" when they "see the flash."

Nuclear warfare

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Fallout shelters, both private and public, were built, but the government still viewed it as necessary to explain to citizens both the danger of the atomic (and later, hydrogen) bombs, and to give them some sort of training so that they would be prepared to act in the event of a nuclear strike.
To avoid injury and death from a nuclear weapon's heat flash and blast effects, the two most far ranging prompt effects of nuclear weapons, schoolchildren were taught to duck and cover by the early Cold War film of the same name.

The Atomic Cafe

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The 1982 film The Atomic Cafe is a satirical documentary, described as a Mockumentary film which uses footage from the Duck and Cover film.
Much of the humor derives from the modern audience's reaction to the old training films, such as the Duck and Cover film shown in schools.

Duck and cover

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Similar instructions, as presented in the Duck and Cover film, are contained in the British 1964 public information film ''Civil Defence Information Bulletin No.

Survival Under Atomic Attack

In 1950, during the first big Civil Defense push of the Cold War and coinciding with the Alert America! initiative to educate Americans on nuclear preparedness; The adult-orientated Survival Under Atomic Attack was published and contains "duck and Cover" or more accurately, cover-and-then-duck advice without using those specific terms in its Six Survival Secrets For Atomic Attacks section.

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The Cartoon Network "Groovies" Atom Ant short had audio clips from this film.

Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story

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A sample of the lyrics, specifically, "Duck ... and cover!", is featured in the opening seconds of the 2006 song "Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story" by the rap duo Jedi Mind Tricks.
The opening of the song begins with an excerpt from Richard Nixon's resignation speech and a line from a 1950s American public service announcement, Duck and Cover, about a possible nuclear attack.

Propaganda

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Duck and Cover is a civil defense social guidance film that is often popularly mischaracterized as propaganda.

Federal Civil Defense Administration

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The film was funded by the US Federal Civil Defense Administration and released in January 1952.

Korean War

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At the time, the Soviet Union was engaged in nuclear testing and the US was in the midst of the Korean War.

Robert Middleton

The film was written by Raymond J. Mauer, directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions, narrated by actor Robert Middleton, and made with the help of schoolchildren from New York City and Astoria, New York.

New York City

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The film was written by Raymond J. Mauer, directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions, narrated by actor Robert Middleton, and made with the help of schoolchildren from New York City and Astoria, New York.

Astoria, Queens

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The film was written by Raymond J. Mauer, directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions, narrated by actor Robert Middleton, and made with the help of schoolchildren from New York City and Astoria, New York.

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The film was written by Raymond J. Mauer, directed by Anthony Rizzo of Archer Productions, narrated by actor Robert Middleton, and made with the help of schoolchildren from New York City and Astoria, New York.

Public domain

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The film is now in the public domain, and is widely available through Internet sources such as YouTube, as well as on DVD.

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The film is now in the public domain, and is widely available through Internet sources such as YouTube, as well as on DVD.

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The film is now in the public domain, and is widely available through Internet sources such as YouTube, as well as on DVD.

History of animation

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The film starts with an animated sequence, showing an anthropomorphic turtle walking down a road, while picking up a flower and smelling it.

Anthropomorphism

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The film starts with an animated sequence, showing an anthropomorphic turtle walking down a road, while picking up a flower and smelling it.

Turtle

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The film starts with an animated sequence, showing an anthropomorphic turtle walking down a road, while picking up a flower and smelling it.