NBC public service show effort to alert the public about cancer awareness.


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Credited cast:
Charles S. Cameron Charles S. Cameron ...  Himself
Ben Grauer Ben Grauer ...  Himself - Host
Alfred Hitchcock ...  Himself
Sondra Lee ...  Dance Performer
Don Redlich Don Redlich ...  Dance Performer
William Shatner
Diana Van der Vlis


NBC public service show effort to alert the public about cancer awareness.

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2 May 1959 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Cancer awareness promoted by medical experts and creative artists
2 October 2012 | by macfilmsSee all my reviews

Tactic was an NBC public service effort to alert the public about cancer. It consisted of six separate half-hour films, each devoted to an important aspect of cancer awareness as explained by medical experts. The format then presented people from the creative arts who provided a theatrical piece about that particular dimension of the health problem. The topics included: the reluctance of people to get a checkup (with Alfred Hitchcock; William Shatner and Diana Van der Vlis in a short play; Sandra Lee and Don Greslic in a dance number choreographed by Hanya Holm)--the warning signs of cancer (Steven Besosto of UPA and Jim Backus with a Mr. Magoo storyboard explaining the signs; Hy Zaret and Lou Singer performing songs they each composed)--cervical cancer (Celeste Holm, Ford Raines, and Andrew Duggan in a short play; Ilka Chase; dance team of Mata and Hari)--breast cancer (Ben Grauer hosted a panel of prominent editors of women's magazines)--men's attitudes toward cancer (Wally Cox in a spoof of manliness; cartoonist Mort Kelly and Esquire publisher Arnold Gingrich)--and the philosophy of modern cancer research (Steve Allen discussed the topic with a panel of doctors followed then by a humorous skit from members of the Steve Allen Show cast: Tom Poston, Louis Nye, Pat Harrington Jr., Don Knotts, and Gabe Dell).

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