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Without Warning

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Sans avertissement
French version
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552 (16mm)
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Library and Archives Canada:
"An introduction to the various services provided by the Canadian Red Cross. Following a car accident while on vacation, the fictional Martin family awaits the fate of the patriarch who was seriously injured. As he is attended to in a Red Cross outpost hospital Mrs. Martin recalls times in the past she has come into contact with the Red Cross and their various projects. From blood donor clinics and the blood transfusion service to safety posters in her children's school and the veterans' hospital lodge where she visited her wounded husband following World War II. The film explains how the organization provides emergency food, clothing and shelter for disasters internationally and shows footage of earthquake victims in Greece and severe flooding in Winnipeg. Many branches operate 'loan cupboards' from which medical equipment is loaned free of charge to home patients. Courses in home nursing are taught by registered nurses donating their free time. One of many women workrooms, where volunteers make up supplies used in Canada and also stockpiled to Geneva at the International Red Cross, are shown. These services, as the film concludes, are all part of an effort to carry out the charter of the Red Cross, 'in time of peace or war, to carry on adn assist in work for the improvement of health, the preservation of disease, and the mitigation of suffering throughout the world'."


"Business in Motion: Films of Current Interest," Canadian Business 28 (June 1955): 94.
"A singularly unfortunate family of four is the subject of this film, which illustrates the beneficent work of the Red Cross. An autonomobile accident shows the victims being cared for in a Red Cross outpost; the husband, a war veteran, is helped when recovering from his wounds. The children receive instruction in swimming and water safety. Also shown is the service extended through 'loan cupboards' of medical supplies which are available to the sick; and how the organization helps out in disaster anywhere in the world. English or French commentary."