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In The Clear

Stanley Baxter and Jimmy Logan fronts an x-ray campaign for the National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis

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In this public information film sponsored by the National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis, comedians and actors Jimmy Logan and Stanley Baxter demonstrate how easy it is to have your chest x-rayed. The film opens in Baxter's dressing room. Logan arrives and tries to convince a reluctant Baxter to join him in having his chest x-rayed to dectect any signs of tuberculosis. The comedians discuss some of Baxter's worries about the procedure before deciding to go off together. At the x-ray unit we see Baxter being examined, with Logan again on hand to soothe his worries. Logan provideds information and reassurances to Baxter and the viewer through a voiceover. The film comes to an end with Logan and Baxter sitting for tea. Baxter expresses his relief at being in the clear, with Logan turning to address the camera directly, calling on the viewers to go for a checkup and again trying to allay their fears.

Questions & Activities


  • Who was Stanley Baxter?
  • Why were these celebrities enlisted to support this campaign?
  • What is tuberculosis and is it still a threat?
  • What types of health check are important today?
  • What fears does the film try to allay?


Predictive activity: Stop the film after 30 seconds and ask what children think the film will be about.

Media studies / PSHE / Health and wellbeing: Discuss which celebrities are used today to promote different public health campaigns today. Discuss whether it works and how important the choice is? Try to pair celebrities to important health campaigns today.

Science / PSHE / Health and Wellbeing: X-Rays are presented here as a safe examination technology. Research how x-rays work, what are their dangers, how often a person should be x-rayed and what types of new scanning technologies have been developed.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-201-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of the Stroke Association
Project Ref 1537
Date 1957
Genre Advertisement, Public Information Film
School Subject Health and Wellbeing, Media Studies, Science
Subject Matter PSHE
Who Aileen Vernon (actor), Campbell Harper Productions (production company), Henry Cooper (director), Jimmy Logan (comedian), National Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis (sponsor), Stanley Baxter (comedian)
Where Glasgow
Event Public Heath Campaign
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 3:23
Film Length 3:23
References Stroke Association