Ladybug Ladybug (film)

Ladybug Ladybug is a 1963 American motion picture directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Frank Perry. The film is a commentary on the psychological effects of the Cold War, the title deriving from the classic nursery rhyme.[1] It marked the film debuts of William Daniels, Estelle Parsons and Jane Connell.[2]

Ladybug Ladybug
Film Poster for Ladybug Ladybug.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Perry
Written byEleanor Perry
Lois Dickert (story)
Produced byFrank Perry
StarringJane Connell
William Daniels
Nancy Marchand
Estelle Parsons
Alice Playten
CinematographyLeonard Hirschfield
Edited byArmond Lebowitz
Music byBob Cobert
Frank Perry Films Inc. (as Francis Productions Inc.)
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • December 23, 1963 (1963-12-23)
Running time
82 min.
CountryUnited States

The film was inspired by a McCall's magazine story about an actual incident at an elementary school.[3]


During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, teachers at a secluded countryside elementary school are asked to accompany the pupils to their homes after a nuclear bomb warning alarm sounds. Unsure whether or not the alarm was false, the teacher and children walk through the countryside with a slowly building sense of doom about the upcoming nuclear holocaust.

When the children finally gain access to a bomb shelter, they do not allow a female fellow student join them, claiming there is not enough room. The girl frantically searches for shelter and finds an abandoned old refrigerator to hide inside; she is not seen again and her fate is never explained. After a boy from the shelter fails to find her, we hear a loud whining noise overhead. The boy cowers in the shadow of planes passing in the sky above and yells "Stop!" repeatedly as the camera moves closer to his face, goes out of focus and then fades to black.


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  1. ^ "Reviews for Ladybug Ladybug". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Trivia for Ladybug Ladybug,; retrieved April 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Dickert, Lois (April 1963). "They Thought the War Was On!". McCall's.

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