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  • Description

    Thought to be Selected Originals from late 1940s material.

    Short trailer film telling people to use disinfectant to avoid the spread of germs.

    A man sits smoking a pipe.

    The voiceover tells him that he is going to be shown three things and he has to explain what to do with them.

    First - a pint of beer appears on the table. Without thinking, the man drinks the beer.

    Second - a handkerchief is held up. Our hero looks a little confused, then he grabs it and sneezes loudly. The voiceover reminds us to use handkerchiefs as 'Coughs and Sneezes spread diseases".

    Thirdly - a bowl of disinfectant appears. The man looks confused and then tries to drink it. A hand appears to stop him. The hand picks out a soiled handkerchief from the man's top pocket and he is told to put it in the bowl.

    Germ covered handkerchiefs should be washed in disinfectant to avoid contaminating the family wash with germs.

    To push home the message the man sneezes into a handkerchief and then places it into the disinfectant. He nods his understanding and then puts lots of dirty hankies into the bowl.

    End titles come up "Don't Spread Germs".

    Possibly connected with 48/99 & 49/20 - MD.

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  • Data

    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    Media URN:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:12:35:00 / 01:13:35:00
    UNSO Reel 044 I
    Sort Number:
    UNSO 044 I
  • Appears in...

    Science & Technology Entertainment & Humour Religion & Politics
    Bullseye - health education HEALTH - PUBLIC INFORMATION SOCIAL ETIQUETTE Diseases general Health and Safety
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    This clip is repeated in clips 1444.06 and 1407.23.

    "A man sits smoking a pipe." - the man is actor Richard Massingham, star of many of the Ministry of Information's educational short films.

  2. jamied says

    Here's more info on Richard Massingham...

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