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Wearing nothing but a towel, Ed Parmalee sits on the floor of his bathroom, surrounded by a cloud of worrying words (‘contagious’, ‘hopeless’, ‘inherited’) and images (a grave, a surgeon’s saw and tongs, a will, a patient on a hospital gurney).Man Alive!
1950 / 11:43
Produced by UPA, United Productions of America ; [presented by] the American Cancer Society.
Sound, color.

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