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Yellow Jack (1938) was a Drama - Historical Film directed by George B. Seitz and produced by Jack Cummings.

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Yellow Jack ( 1938 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jul 9, 2017 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

For hundreds of years people on the island of Cuba - and throughout other parts south of the equator - were dying of yellow fever, a disease that many doctors believed was unpreventable and, if not caught in time, incurable. What baffled these men of medicine the most was the fact that they were una... Read full article

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By RBuccicone on Apr 24, 2011 From MacGuffin Movies

Yellow Jack (1938) ???? Robert Montgomery the soldier is certainly not my favorite incarnation of what has proven to be my favorite classic Hollywood hunk of the moment. I prefer the tuxedo-clad woman-chaser, a hint of which is found in Yellow Jack making it an enjoyable Montgomery flick. ???? Montg... Read full article

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In the actual event, the primary volunteers were Clara Maas, a nurse, and Dr Jesse William Lazear. It is unclear if any soldiers volunteered. Maas contracted the disease but recovered. Later, she allowed herself to be bitten a second time to determine if having the disease provided immunity. She again contracted the disease. She died from this infection. Lazear was the doctor who determined that the disease was mosquito-borne. Without telling others, he allowed himself to be bitten by an infected mosquito. He died from the illness.
The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 6 March 1934 and had 79 performances. The opening night cast included Sam Levene, who originated his movie role as Busch in the play, James Stewart, Barton MacLane, Eddie Acuff, Eduardo Ciannelli, Robert Keith, Myron McCormick, Millard Mitchell, Robert Shayne and Jack Carr.
The play was based in part on Paul De Kruif's 1926 novel "Microbe Hunters," which had a chapter on Walter Reed's work on yellow fever.
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