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Release Date:
20 March 1957 (USA) See more »
A marvelous animated documentary that told everything there was to know (and more!) about Blood and the circulatory system. It was one of a series on bodily systems. In 1957 it inspired me to learn all I could about the human body. | Add synopsis »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Carlson ... Mr. Fiction Writer
Frank Baxter ... Dr. Research (as Dr. Frank Baxter)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mel Blanc ... Squirrel / Turtle / Alligator / Rabbit (voice) (uncredited)

June Foray ... Deer / Bird (voice) (uncredited)

Sterling Holloway ... Lab assistant (uncredited)

Marvin Miller ... Hemo / Professor Anatomy (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra 
Writing credits
Frank Capra (written by)

Produced by
Frank Capra .... producer
Joseph Sistrom .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Harold E. Wellman  (as Harold Wellman)
Film Editing by
Frank P. Keller 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (as Arthur S. Black)
Sound Department
Archie Dattelbaum .... sound effects
Animation Department
Shamus Culhane .... animator (uncredited)
William T. Hurtz .... animation director (uncredited)
Music Department
Raoul Kraushaar .... music supervisor
Other crew
Donald Jones .... executive coordinator
Nancy Pitt .... researcher

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USA:60 min (including commercials)
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Second of nine educational films produced by Bell Laboratories on the subjects of the sun, the human circulatory system, radioactivity, the weather, heredity, language, the oceans, the five senses, and time. Four of these films were directed by Frank Capra.These films were used regularly in classrooms since they were well produced and Bell Laboratories would supply 16mm copies of the films to schools free of charge. The films were criticized by Time Magazine as being "condescending", but embraced by nearly everyone else.See more »
Mr. Fiction Writer:Hemo is the Greek word for blood.
Lab assistant:Blood! Well, don't get any on you
Lab assistant:.
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Referenced in Gremlins (1984)See more »
Symphony No. 9: 4th MovementSee more »


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Vivid Memories - Why?, 27 April 2001
Author: XPDay ( from South Salem NY

I also saw this movie in elementary school and can, to this day, recall facts about the heart and blood with the animated depiction. Why? Perhaps Capra was just that good at direction, but I think that the real reason was that this was before color TV was ubiquitous. Unlike today, when kids are constantly bombarded with video and sound, we had very little "multimedia" exposure. When we experienced it, it had a lasting impact. I defy my 11-year-old to remember what he saw just last night.

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