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During the 1940's, Richard Massingham's face was recognisable to anyone who went to the cinema in Britain. His performances as the well-meaning but bumbling everyman in a series of imaginative shorts provided instruction to the British public on everything from how to cross roads to the correct way to sneeze into a handkerchief and the need to bathe in just five inches of water during the time of wartime rationing. Marked by a wonderfully inventive combination of comedy, instruction, surrealism and whimsy, these films not only starred Massingham, but were also often produced and directed by him.
This essential collection, selected from the BFI archives, celebrates this extraordinary figure and reveals him to be one of British cinema's most fascinating and enduring eccentrics.

Dr. Massingham Says...
- Tell Me If it Hurts (1934)
- Coughs and Sneezes (1945)
- Jet-Propelled Germs (1948)
- Handkerchief Drill (1949)
- Another Case of Poisoning (1949)
- The Cure (1950)
Surviving the War
- The Five Inch Bather (1942)
- Post Early for Christmas (1943)
- In Which We Live: Being the Life Story of a Suit Told by Itself (1943)
- Elopement in France (1944)
An Englishman's Home...
- Down at the Local (1945)
- An Englishman's Home...(1946)
- Moving House (1950)
Post-War Blues: What a Life!
- What a Life (1948)
- Watch Your Meters (1947)
- Warning to Travellers (1949)
- Help Yourself (1950)
Post-War Blues: The Daily Grind
- Pool of Contentment (1946)
- Pedal Cyclists (1947)
- Pedestrian Crossing (1948)
- 30 Miles an Hour (1949)
- Introducing the New Worker (1951)
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Richard Massingham
Henry De Rochefort, John Krish, Michael Law, Richard Massingham, John Squire, Quentin Dobson
BFI Video
British Films, Children & Family, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Special Interest
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170 minutes
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Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W

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