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1958 Chicago...Civil Defense Test...A-Bomb Attack Evacuation

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Film Identifier: F.2012-03-0604
Run Time
0h 6m 40s
Date Produced
Black-and-white, mostly silent, outtakes from a news story about the Chicago Civil Defense Corps, including footage of school children running evacuation drills in case of an atomic bomb attack.
Begins in a room filled with men and women on phones. A diagram on the wall says "Chicago Civil Defense Corps." Footage of Chicago mayor Richard J. Daley walking outside; he enters the crowded room and shakes hands. Brief shot of the Chicago skyline followed by a shot of a helicopter touching down. Shot of Rescue Service vehicles. Shot of a large group of children walking out of their school in an orderly fashion, followed by the sound of sirens and muffled talking. Rescue Service vehicles pull up to the school. The film returns to the first room, where a man connects calls. Shot of a map of Chicago with illuminated dots on it. Exterior shot of City Hall. Interior shot of a classroom, where boys in sashes form a line and are followed by their classmates out the door. A group of younger children sitting in a circle pop up and stream into the hallway. Exterior shot of the school, which is revealed to be Nathan S. Davis Elementary at 3014 W 39th Place in Chicago. Some footage from earlier in the film repeats. At the end of the film, Daley boards a train marked Burlington Route.
Main Credits
Koza, Frank (is filmmaker)
Actors, Performers and Participants
Daley, Richard J. (is participant)
Related Place
Chicago (represents)