In story format, over footage of soldiers picking up girls in a drug store and in a night club, the dangers of sexual intercourse with pick-ups and prostitutes are emphasized. The results of untreated gonorrhea and/or syphilis are shown ina man with swollen knees, a man having a heart attack, an infected penis, a bed-ridden older man, and a man whose speech and memory have become defective. Over and over, the narrator urges the viewer to use condoms, visit the pro station, and report to his medical officer immediately if he suspects that he has contracted a venereal disease. Men are shown at a pro station, thoroughly washing their genitals. The use of a "pro kit" is demonstrated. Paul Robeson and Olympic athlete Ralph Metcalf, in separate segments, urge soldiers to keep themselves clean so that they can be strong. This film is aimed specifically at black soldiers. Almost all of the people who appear on the screen are black. Shots include: dancing in a "juke joint;" footage from a Joe Louis-Max Schmelling boxing match; footage from the 1936 Berlin Olympics featuring black American athletes.
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Paul Robeson, Ralf Metcalf, Joe Louis, Max Schmelling.
Received: (date unknown) as a donation from U.S. Army.