This educational film was made for the American Society for the Control of Cancer (now the American Cancer Society). The film takes place in Pleasantville. At the Pleasantville Accessions Supply Company, plant manager Eugene Barnes tells plant owner Marshal Flint about the factory clinic set up for first aid and regular examinations for employees and their families. Barnes documents how the clinic has saved the factory money and increased plant productivity. Meanwhile, Mrs. Flint is talking to Mr. Morris Maxwell, a gentlman of leisure. Mrs. Flint would prefer that her daughter Dorothy marry someone other than Eugene Barnes, a mere factory manager. Back at the factory Mr. Flint takes a tour of the clinic with Mr. Barnes and Dr. Dale, head of the clinic. Mr. Flint looks at some patient records and asks how one of his employess got cancer. Dr. Dale explains the growth and development of lip cancer and that cancer is not contagious. A nurse comes in and explains that the employee wants to self treat using a radiumized paste produced by the Scientific Cancer Cure Institute. Dr. Dale also noted that any lump in the breast is suspicious. After dinner, Mr. Flint and Mr. Maxwell discuss the clinic. Mr. Maxwell tells Mr. Flint that he is associated with cancer specialists. Mrs. Flint listens to the conversation and asks a clinic nurse to call because she is concerned about a lump in her breast. A cancer diagnosis is confirmed and an immediate operation is recommended. Maxwell overhears the telephone converation and advises that an operation is not necessary. For $200 he says his product can cure cancer without an operation. Meanwhile, Dorothy is concerned about her mother and the possibility that cancer is hereditary. She decides not to marry. At the factory, Dr. Dale recieves a telegram detailing the problems with the cancer paste. Back at the Flint residence, Mrs. Flint is writing a check to Mr. Maxwell for the paste when Mr. Flint walks in and tells Mrs. Flint that the cure is worthless. An official from the post office comes into the room and arrests Maxwell for false advertising. Fast forward, a lovely family scene with Mr. and Mrs. Flint, Mr. and Mrs. Barnes and a baby. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes discuss catching the cancer early and Dorothy is relieved that cancer is not hereditary.
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