Ruhe, David S. (David Sieger), 1914-2005, consultant
Dryer, Bernard V. (Bernard Victor), 1918-1995, consultant
Bazilauskas, V. F., consultant
Parker, Morten, 1919-2014, film director
Glover, Guy, film producer
Canada. Department of National Health and Welfare. presenter.
National Cancer Institute (U.S.), presenter.
National Film Board of Canada, issuing body, presenter.
Association of American Medical Colleges. Medical Film Institute. presenter.
Ottawa, Canada : L'Office national du film, 
This film illustrates the importance of continued research in laboratories around the world in order to solve the problem of cancer, and aims to explain the current difficulties in identifying causes and cures. It begins with an overview of the birth of man from one cell and explores the complexity of the human body. It shows the isolation and testing of cancer cells and explains the effects of heredity and environment on normal cells. It further explains the difficulties of tracing several generations to identify heritability and the multitude of chemicals, etc. which affect cells and turn them cancerous. An overview of modern treatments likely to eradicate several forms of the disease are described. Shots include: laboratory testing, hospital waiting room, university science classroom with one female black woman, researchers interviewing former cancer patients at their homes, cancer treatment equipment, radium inserted in patient's mouth, radiation equipment lowered onto lesion of man's face, researchers making coffee on a Bunsen burner and eating lunch in the laboratory, a researcher in the laboratory alone late at night making a personal call home, special animated effects of cells and body organs, etc.; description of the cellular structure and the uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells.
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Black and white
Narrator, Claude Dauphin.
Production executive, Ralph Foster ; medical consultants, David Ruhe, Bernard V. Dryer ; medical advisor, Maurice Constant ; animation artists, Colin Low, Evelyn Lambart ; scientific consultant on animation sequences, V.F. Bazilauskas ; special effects cameramen, Gordon Petty, Arnold Schieman ; sound recordist, Clarke Daprato ; editor, Douglas Tunstell ; music composer, Louis Applebaum ; cameraman, Grant McLean ; director, Morten Parker ; producer, Guy Glover.