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Coughs and Sneezes

One of Richard Massingham’s most famous public information films, which lead to the ubiquitous mantra: "Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases".

Public Information Filler 1945 1 mins

Overview

One of Richard Massingham’s most famous public information films, which lead to the ubiquitous mantra: "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.