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Coughs and Sneezes
Coughs and Sneezes

Coughs and Sneezes 1945


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Coughs and Sneezes 1945

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Massingham

This mini-masterpiece - one of the most effective of the great Richard Massingham’s numerous public information films - helped spread the message that "Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases". The film is bookended by two cruelly humorous sequences, as we witness a series of cartoonish pranks played upon anonymous wretches, and Massingham’s comeuppance as he’s punished with a dose of pepper and the mother of all sneezing fits.

A selection of over 20 films from one of British cinema’s most fascinating and enduring eccentrics is available on BFI DVD: How To Be Eccentric: The Selected Films of Richard Massingham.

Directed by

Richard Massingham


Richard Massingham


Public Information Filler


Public Information Films




United Kingdom



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