Television: Review

The Day Called X: "Our problem," said CBS Producer Harry Rasky, "was to take a dull subject and dramatize it." Rasky's subject: Civil Defense.

To inject it with drama, he had some 10,000 people in Portland, Ore., one of the U.S.'s 99 "critical targets," go through the motions of mass evacuation on the day "enemy" aircraft approached from the Aleutians, The Day Called X. Rasky's twelve-man technical crew, aided by publicity-eager federal Civil Defense experts and convoyed about the city by police motorcycle escort for three weeks, ably caught the mood of the day that began in an ordinary way. The cameras...

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