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Public Service Announcements (PSAs): Gerald Mohr, the King of Atomic Cool)

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS (PSAs)



In the late '60s the government was more focused on trying to manage the debacle in Vietnam...

Another perfunctory civil defense spot from a government preoccupied with the hot war in Vietnam...

Message from Mars (CONELRAD Jingle): Don Pardo (Announcer) and Unknown Cast [1953]
Incredibly, this 60-second spot manages to fit in a healthy dose of casual mid-century racism, the popular fascination with space aliens and, last but not least...

This spot's phrase "Fortress Main Street" is one that was presumably intended to inspire solidarity, but the feverish presentation of the announcer only succeeds in creating a negative reaction to the term...

Nuclear Attack: Tony Bennett [1959]
The incomparable Tony Bennett seems to nail this succinct civil defense PSA recording in one extremely casual take...

Pattern of Survival: Bob Hope [1953]
As with the Groucho Marx PSA, the listener keeps waiting for a punchline that never comes...

Protect Your Home: Boris Karloff [1959]
Who better than motion picture horror icon Boris Karloff (aka The Mummy and Frankenstein's monster) to talk about civil defense?

Psychiatrist (Shelter Signs): Unknown Cast [1965]
Shelter Signs, one of the stranger Civil Defense PSAs made, is another effort by the government to remind the public of the purpose behind the ubiquitous yellow and black fallout shelter signs...

Remember, 640-1240: Howard Duff [1959]
Actor Howard Duff delivers yet another reminder about CONELRAD in this PSA...

Stars For Defense : Ken Carpenter Announcer with Bing Crosby [1959]
'Stars For Defense' was a long running public service radio program (broadcasts began in approximately 1957 and continued into the mid '60s) produced for the government...

Take The Step (Four Wheels To Survival): Unknown Announcer and Cast [1953]
The kid from the 'Grandma's Pantry' PSA is back...

Warning Signals: Pat Boone [1959]
In this spot pop singer Pat Boone earnestly provides brief instruction on air raid warning signals...

 
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