Skip Navigation Bar

Title still from The Reward of Courage written in red letters on a blackground. Below the title it states An Eastern Film Corporation Production, 220 West 42nd St., New York, N.Y.The Reward of Courage
1921 / 30:08
Prepared by the American Society for the Control of Cancer
Produced by the Eastern Film Corporation
Silent, black-and-white.


Cancer education films in the 1920s

Cantor, David. “Uncertain Enthusiasm: The American Cancer Society, Public Education, and the Problems of the Movie, 1921-1960.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81 (2007): 39-69.

Cantor, David. “Choosing to Live: Cancer Education, Movies, and the Conversion Narrative in America, 1921-1960.” Literature and Medicine 28 (2009): 278-332.

Cantor, David. “Between Movies, Markets, and Medicine: The Eastern Film Corporation, Frank A. Tichenor, and Medical and Health Films in the 1920s.” Paper presented at the conference Communicating Good Health: Movies, Medicine, and the Cultures of Risk in the Twentieth Century, Fondation Brocher, Hermance, Switzerland, May 26-27, 2011.

History of U.S. cancer control in the 1910s and 1920s

Aronowitz, Robert A. Unnatural History: Breast Cancer and American Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Cantor, David, ed. Cancer in the Twentieth Century. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Gardner, Kirsten E. Early Detection: Women, Cancer, and Awareness Campaigns in the Twentieth-Century United States. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006.

Leopold, Ellen. A Darker Ribbon: Breast Cancer, Women, and their Doctors in the Twentieth Century. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.

Lerner, Barron H. The Breast Cancer Wars: Hope, Fear, and the Pursuit of a Cure in Twentieth-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Löwy, Ilana. Preventive Strikes: Women, Precancer, and Prophylactic Surgery. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.

Patterson, James T. The Dread Disease: Cancer and Modern American Culture. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987.

Wailoo, Keith. How Cancer Crossed the Color Line. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

An arrow pointing left. Read the Essay | Supplementary Materials An arrow pointing right.