Kurt Achenbach, 7, a first-grader at Baker School in 1954, bucks up his courage as he gets a shot from Dr. Frank Prather. Young Kurt was one of 1.8 million "polio pioneers" who volunteered to test the Salk vaccine.
The Atomic Kid (1954)THE ATOMIC KID DIRECTOR: Leslie H. Martinsen YEAR: 1954 Mickey Rooney, hardly a "kid" by 1954, wanders into a house filled with mannequins in the middle of the Nevada desert. This being an atomic test site, a bomb goes off. Mickey manages to survive the blast but becomes glowingly radioactive. Comedy ensues. Jerry Lewis explored a similar premise in LIVING IT UP released the same year.