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Her Name Was Ellie, His Name Was Lyle (1967)

| Short, Drama | 1967 (USA)
In New York City, a relationship is threatened when a young man discovers he's caught syphilis from a tryst with a waitress named Ellie (Lynne Lipton). This threatens his relationship with ... See full summary »

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In New York City, a relationship is threatened when a young man discovers he's caught syphilis from a tryst with a waitress named Ellie (Lynne Lipton). This threatens his relationship with a new girl. Film critic Amy Taubin co-stars as the new girl who gets the bad news. The director is apparently the same man who edited Fritz Lang's The Testament of Dr. Mabuse. Written by Richard von Busack

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Actually, a lot different than I'd expected.
11 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The story is about some guy (Lyle--John Pleshette). He's got some symptoms of an STD and it turns out he's got syphilis. Eventually, he goes to the health department and gets treated and the health department folks DON'T lecture him but treat him and treat those who have been exposed to the disease.

When Turner Classic Movies showed this old public service documentary, I was sure to program my DVD recorder to copy it. That's because I love old STD films--mostly because they are so doggone funny! While the films are SUPPOSED to warn folks of the dangers of these diseases, too often they are filled with misinformation and scare tactics--making them unintentionally hilarious. This is exactly what I expected with "Her Name Was Ellie, His Name Was Lyle". Shockingly, however, it turned out to be a well made and informative film--one that is neither shocking nor trying to scare the pants off teens.


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