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Basil  Rathbone,  Claude  Rains  and  Melville   Cooper  in  The  Adventures  of  Robin  Hood  1938   Stephen  McNally  and  Dan  Duryea  in  Winchester  73  1950   Yul  Brynner,  Edward  G  Robinson  and  Vincent  Price  in  The  Ten  Commandments  1956

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  • Nosferatu (1922) - black death
  • Death in Venice (1971) - cholera
  • The Conscript (1974) - syphilis
  • Philadelphia (1993) - aids
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005) - rabies
  • Rams (2015) - scrapie
  • The 5th Wave (2016) - bird flu
  • Locked Down (2021) - corona

TV series: Second season of The Bridge (2011)

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Panic in the Streets  (plague)  03fcffadad6df7d1c4c8b0861d3ec8e0.gif

The Last Man On Earth  (zombie plague)  bd1d1d55a04e4fbe19d4174f01b13b15.gif

How to Marry a Millionaire  (measles)  Animated GIF

I know it was mentioned before, but I think it's funny that people are masked so they won't catch a 'happiness' infection  (What's so Bad About Feeling Good?)...but in other older movies about deadly plague...no masks...   a170a55d7cfc547e69290b77d9669177.gif

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The Killer That Stalked New York (1950) -- smallpox

Prison Nurse (1938) --  typhoid fever

Rage (1966) --rabies

Hud (1963) -- hoof and mouth

Breathe (2017) -- polio

The Story of Louis Pasteur (1936) -- anthrax

Outbreak (1995) -- fictional ebolavirus from smuggled African monkey

Jezebel (1938) -- yellow fever

Flu (2013, South Korea) -- influenza

Train to Busan (2016, South Korea) -- zombie virus

I Am Legend (2007) -- terrible man-made virus mutates the infected and kills most



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  • The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  • An American in Paris (1951)
  • Love in the Afternoon (1957)
  • Funny Face (1957)
  • Gigi (1958)
  • Paris Blues (1961)
  • La Grande Vadrouille (1966)
  • Three Colors: Blue (1993)
  • The Page Turner (2006)
  • La Vie en Rose (2007)
  • Midnight in Paris (2011)
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So many excellent examples yesterday. Thanks everyone.


two thousand two hundred eighteenth category

Based on a performer’s real-life experience


Audie Murphy starred as himself in TO HELL AND BACK (1955).

Ann Jillian played herself in a TV movie about her battle against breast cancer.

The TV series The White Shadow was inspired by Ken Howard’s experience as the only white player on a high school basketball team.

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