A Matter of WHO (October 3, 1961)

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Sonja Ziemann and Terry-Thomas
 

Released on October 3, 1961: A medical detective with the World Health Organization follows a trail that leads to corrupt jet-set busnessmen to discover the origin of a smallpox epidemic that is killing people.

Produced by Milton Holmes and Walter Shenson

Directed by Don Chaffey

The Actors: Terry-Thomas (Archibald Bannister), Sonja Ziemann (Michele Cooper), Alex Nicol (Edward Kennedy), Richard Briers (Jimmy Jamieson, Bannister's assistant), Honor Blackman (Sister Bryan), Carol White (Beryl, Ivonovitch's girlfriend), Guy Deghy (Nick Ivonovitch), Clive Morton (Hatfield), Martin Benson (Rahman), Geoffrey Keen (Foster), Eduard Linkers (Doctor Linkers), Vincent Ball (Doctor Blake), Michael Ripper (Skipper), Cyril Wheeler (Stephen Cooper), Andrew Faulds (Ralph), George Cormack (Henry), Bruce Beeby (Captain Brook), Julie Alexander (stewardess), Roland Brand (U.S. Sergeant), Claire Collins (blonde girl), Gwenda Ewen (unknown), Barbara Hicks (telephone operator Margery), Jacqueline Jones (Miss Forsythe), Chulam Mohammed (attaché), Pat Roberts (unknown)

 

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The Killer and the Body Snatcher

Smallpox, or the Red Plague, has been killing people since at least the fifteenth century. The World Health Organization, WHO for short, spent considerable wealth and talent eliminating every single trace of the killer virus, and the last person on earth to get smallpox died in 1977 in England, and the deadly disease has not been seen since. In 1961 when this movie was filmed smallpox was still killing people, and with air travel becoming more and more popular, killer diseases like smallpox were running rampant around the globe. As I write this the world is struggling with a great Ebola crises in Africa that is in danger of spreading around the world, save for the efforts of dedicated medical professionals who travel from around the world to care for the victims in Africa and try to contain the spread of the contagious killer disease. Sadly, while they are rushing to the center of death to give aid, comfort and help protect the rest of the world, we are too often shunning those professionals with a giant-sized fear, instead of thanking them for their service. In this medical thriller the legendary British comedian and character actor Terry-Thomas takes on a serious roll as a crime detective for WHO, following leads and chased by gangster businessmen who may be unknowing carriers of the deadly disease. As our adventure opens a man and his new wife are boarding an airplane in Nice, France and are headed to London. During the flight the man becomes very ill, and upon landing he is met by medical professionals at the airport and taken to hospital facilities that are part of the airport. When it is discovered that he has contracted smallpox, Archibald Bannister, a germ detective for WHO, starts searching for the person who infected the new husband, and anyone else that might have been infected by the new husband or the person that infected the new husband. Bannister will discover that the dying husband was on a business trip, and the people that he was doing business with honor only the law of money - they have no hesitation in breaking national laws, local laws and even resorting to murder to make sure that they grab the wealthy oil field that the dying man has discovered. Unfortunately the carrier of the deadly disease may be one of the gangster businessmen. Fortunately Bannister, the WHO detective, has a penchant for bending the law a bit himself while chasing the killer virus. Before the adventure is over our WHO detective will illegally snatch a dead diplomat's body and face death in the Swiss Alps at the hands of a gangster as he finally uncovers the deadly trail of crime and corruption . . . and killer disease. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the time-machine travel back to 1961 when smallpox was still killing people around the world.

Terry-Thomas
Terry-Thomas
Alex Nicol and Honor Blackman
Alex Nicol and Honor Blackman
Alex Nicol and Sonja Ziemann
Alex Nicol and Sonja Ziemann
Alex Nicol and Sonja Ziemann
Alex Nicol and Sonja Ziemann
Alex Nicol
Alex Nicol
Barbara Hicks
Barbara Hicks
Carol White, Alex Nicol and Sonja Ziemann
Carol White, Alex Nicol and Sonja Ziemann
Carol White and Guy Deghy
Carol White and Guy Deghy
Carol White and Sonja Ziemann
Carol White and Sonja Ziemann
Clive Morton
Clive Morton
Clive Morton
Clive Morton
Cyril Wheeler and Sonja Ziemann
Cyril Wheeler and Sonja Ziemann
Eduard Linkers
Eduard Linkers
Geoffrey Keen
Geoffrey Keen
Geoffrey Keen
Geoffrey Keen
Guy Deghy
Guy Deghy
Guy Deghy
Guy Deghy
Honor Blackman and Terry-Thomas
Honor Blackman and Terry-Thomas
Honor Blackman as Sister Bryan
Honor Blackman as Sister Bryan
Martin Benson and Terry-Thomas
Martin Benson and Terry-Thomas
Michael Ripper
Michael Ripper
Richard Briers and Terry-Thomas
Richard Briers and Terry-Thomas
Richard Briers
Richard Briers
Sonja Ziemann
Sonja Ziemann
Sonja Ziemann
Sonja Ziemann
Terry-Thomas
Terry-Thomas
Terry-Thomas, Chulam Mohammed and Martin Benson
Terry-Thomas, Chulam Mohammed and Martin Benson
Terry-Thomas and Clive Morton
Terry-Thomas and Clive Morton
Terry-Thomas and Guy Deghy
Terry-Thomas and Guy Deghy
Terry-Thomas and Honor Blackman
Terry-Thomas and Honor Blackman
Terry-Thomas
Terry-Thomas