"Our Cities Must Fight" is a rare civil defense film that was produced for the U.S. government to illustrate the importance of not abandoning urban centers during an atomic bombing. The film cautions that doing so would make it easier for the invading "enemy".
What makes this 9 minute propaganda piece so interesting is that it is the basis for many of the apocalyptic scifi scenarios that have appeared in literature and film during the last fifty years. Shown in schools and theaters of the day, its traffic jam and panic sequences seem to have entered popular culture almost without question. From Stephen King's "The Stand" to Roland Emmerich's "Independence Day" you can see and hear the echoes of what was instilled within these creative imaginings by "Our Cities Must Fight".