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Ladybug Ladybug (1963)

Not Rated | | Drama | 23 December 1963 (USA)
Staff and students at a rural school react to a warning of an imminent nuclear attack, not knowing whether it is real or a mistake.


Frank Perry


Eleanor Perry (screenplay), Lois Dickert (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Connell ... Mrs. Maxton - the Dietician
William Daniels ... Mr. John Calkins - the School Principal
James Frawley ... Truck Driver
Richard Hamilton ... JoAnn's Father
Kathryn Hays ... Mrs. Betty Forbes - the Secretary
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ... Mrs. Hayworth - the Art Teacher
Elena Karam Elena Karam ... Don & Trudy's Mother
Judith Lowry ... Luke's Grandmother
Nancy Marchand ... Mrs. Andrews
Estelle Parsons ... JoAnn's Mother
Doug Chapin ... Gary
Miles Chapin ... Joel
Bozo Dell Bozo Dell ... Peter
Dianne Higgins Dianne Higgins ... Jill
Alan Howard Alan Howard ... Luke


Staff and students at a rural school react to a warning of an imminent nuclear attack, not knowing whether it is real or a mistake.

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Frank and Eleanor Perry, makers of "David and Lisa," have produced a new motion picture... a picture dedicated to life.




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I was there, I can't believe it is here!
3 June 2007 | by sroberts-31See all my reviews

I saw this movie as a child in a theater (1963 or 64). It was played before the feature. It is amazing to me that I still remember the title, and was tickled to come upon this little discussion. The fascination the movie held at that time was that it stopped in the middle, I was horrified. I was never sure whether the movie was over and they stopped here to make it seem like something had really happened or if the tape broke and they couldn't get it repaired to continue. This was very disturbing for me at the time, I related to the terror of the children. I remember coming home for lunch and listening to the radio when Cuba was threatening us. I would have been in the third grade when Ladybug, Ladybug was at the theater. I guess it was the ultimate choose your own ending. I imagined what might have happened and kept the title in the back of my mind all this time. I would probably be surprised at how it plays out now. Everything seems larger in retrospect. I've been waiting 44 years for the spoiler. Do you think I'll ever see the end?

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23 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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Gradyville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Frank Perry Films Inc. See more »
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