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Man Alive!
1950 / 11:43
Produced by UPA, United Productions of America ; [presented by] the American Cancer Society.
Sound, color.

Frame grab from Man Alive! featuring  Ed Parmalee standing in his underwear in front of the bathroom sink, opening the medicine cabinet. Frame grab from Man Alive! illustrating a hand reaching into the medicine cabinet. Frame grab from Man Alive! featuring Ed Parmalee, on the left, stands draped in only a towel, behind a red circle with the number 5. In the center is a railroad crossing warning sign. On the right are the words 'persistent indigestion.'
A frame grab from Man Alive! illustrating a spotlight showing a man lying down under an x-ray machine. The caption reads 'x-ray'. Surrounding the spotlight are many different types of people, all smiling. A frame grab from Man Alive! illustrating a spotlight showing a box behind a pencil-like object attached to a wire. The caption reads 'radium'. Surrounding the spotlight are many different types of people, all smiling A frame grab from Man Alive! illustrating in front of a silhouette of a cowboy read the words “cancer is curable”. Behind are the smiling faces of many different types of people.
A silhouetted figure of a man stands with a circle around one of his hands. A line from the circle leads to the number 1. The caption reads: 'Any sore that does not heal.' A silhouetted figure of a woman stands with a circle around her hips and pelvis. A line from the circle leads to the number 3. The caption reads: 'Unusual bleeding or discharge.' In the waiting room of a doctor’s office, Ed Parmalee hides behind a magazine. A smiling nurse-receptionist sits at a desk typing on a typewriter.
Ed Parmalee sits in front of a desk worrying about his diagnosis. Above his head is a cloud with a picture of a boy in a dunce cap, a jester, and a brutal man. Behind the desk his doctor reads from a report of test results. Ed Parmalee shows 'icy disdain' for his wife's suggestion that he seek help The credits read: Man Alive! Color by Technicolor. Copyright MCMLII. The American Cancer Society.
The credits read: Produced by UPA. United Productions of America. FraEd Parmalee and his wife ride in their convertible down a crowded highway. Closeup of Ed Parmalee and his wife riding in a convertible.
Closeup of Ed Parmalee’s foot hesitating between the gas pedal and the brake.' Closeup of Ed Parmalee behind the wheel of his car, looking troubled. Ed Parmalee is worried about his car engine. Above his head is a cloud with worries indicated by words and symbols (beat thru crankcase, just had it fixed, bearings, Darn! $59.73, what next?, $, ?) and images (automobile parts).
Ed Parmalee worries while driving, a cloud forms over his head.' Ed Parmalee, behind the wheel of his car and sitting next to his wife, is turned into a little boy wearing a dunce cap. Ed Parmalee, behind the wheel of his car and sitting next to his wife, is turned into a jester.
Ed Parmalee, behind the wheel of his car and sitting next to his wife, is turned into a devil with a pitchfork. The entire scene is tinted red, indicating anger. A billboard shows the warning signs of cancer to Ed Parmalee and his wife who are sitting in a convertible car, stopped at a railway warning signal. With the hood up, Ed Parmalee stares at the engine of his broken down car.
With the hood up, Ed Parmalee’s wife looks unhappy, while a bottle of 'Go Car' fluid pours into the engine. An abandoned lot with garbage next to a brick building.' Ed Parmalee and his wife take their car to a ramshackle auto repair shop, with a sign that reads 'Garage'.
Glassner’s Garage, a clean modern auto repair shop. Inside Glassner’s Garage, the auto mechanic looks at his clipboard. Ed Parmalee looks worried, still sitting in his car even while it is on the lift. A sign reads: 'Glassner’s: 28 Years of Service Speaks for Itself.' Ed Glassner’s medicine cabinet is full of patent medicine remedies. Some of the labels are visible: ('Gastric Elastic', 'Vigo Rigo', 'Lively Liver', 'Pepsikins', 'Rigor Mortis', 'Vesuvius Balm'.
Ed Parmalee turns into a jester, talking to his wife, who is in her nightgown sitting at a dressing table in their bedroom. Ed Parmalee turns into a man wearing a polar fur hood and coat, talking to his wife, who is in her nightgown sitting at a dressing table in their bedroom. Ed Parmalee turns into an angry cave man, wearing a skin, as he comes out of the shower in his bathroom.'
Ed Parmalee after he has come out the shower is dressed only in a towel. On his right is a red silhouette which represents the state of his body. Ed Parmalee after he has come out the shower is dressed only in a towel. On his right is an automobile engine which represents the state of his body. 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).
Ed Parmalee, worried, looks for help from a quack healer, who advertises his medical practice with many signs. The sign on the right reads: 'J. Kirkham Headstone, QED. I will cure! Arthritis, nephritis, erysipelas, glanders, gallbadder, vapors and cancer without pain without surgery.' Above the door is a sign saying 'Walk up one flight and save'. The same words are written on the stairs themselves. A hanging sign on the right reads: 'J. Kirkham Headstone, QED. The Edison of Medicine.' Ed Parmalee looks up at a sign that has a picture of a smiling man with medals pinned to his chest. The sign reads: 'J. Kirkham Headstone / Q.E.D. / The Edison of Medicine'. On the left a sign reads 'Walk Up One Flight and Save'; on the right a sign reads 'Loans'. A spotlight shows two surgeons operating on a man. The caption reads 'surgery'. Surrounding the spotlight are many different types of people, all smiling.
Two cells float in a very simplified diagram of the blood stream. A very simplified diagram of the internal organs of a human being from shoulders to waist. His skeleton displayed on the screen of a fluoroscope, Ed Parmalee holds a glass of barium and looks on quizzically.
A doctor sits on a chair in front of a fluoroscope that shows the interior of Ed Parmalee’s torso. Parmalee holds a glass of barium and looks on quizzically. A doctor sits on a chair in front of a fluoroscope that shows the interior of Ed Parmalee’s torso. Parmalee holds a glass of barium and looks on quizzically. A simplified representation of a chemistry apparatus.
A silhouette appears at the open door of a doctor’s practice. The sign outside reads John Wehner, M.D.' Ed Parmalee and his wife exit from the doctor through the door and head, smiling, toward their car.  The sign outside reads John Wehner, M.D. At the drive-in movies, Ed Parmalee and his wife lean on each other while sitting in their convertible, watching a movie.

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