Cinema: Cinema, May 22, 1944

Syphilis Rumpus

A modest educational two-reeler, bearing the portentous title To the People of the United States, caused a row last fort night. Its subject: syphilis. Object: to help prevent the disease, by telling the facts.

The film was made by Producer Walter Wanger at the request of U.S. Assistant Surgeon General R. A. Vonderlehr, for free distribution. Both the U.S. Public Health Service and OWI approved it. Then, at the behest of Archbishop Francis J. Spellman, the Legion of Decency's Executive Secretary, the Very Reverend Monsignor John J. McClafferty, wrote OWI's Elmer Davis...

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