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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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Getting Personal with John Pleshette
20 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

In Manhattan, seventeen-year-old student John Pleshette (as Bruce) tries to get some penicillin from a store clerk, but is refused the drug because he has no prescription. Embarrassed about seeing a doctor, Mr. Pleshette has a genital sore and suspects it's syphilis. He avoids showering after basketball with the guys, preferring frequent showers at home. Pleshette also avoids girlfriend Lynne Lipton (as Laura) because he really loves her and doesn't want her to know he had a one night stand with waitress Amy Taubin (as Ellie), who has had sex with several different partners...

Finally, Pleshette goes to the health center, but most of the sexually active young characters in this short drama find it difficult to fess up, putting many lives in danger. This film was made to warn people about the dangers of "free and easy" sexual relations, but it also provides honest information on how infected persons can get medical help. Pleshette, the episode's leading character, and the cast handle the assignment well. Pleshette (Suzanne's cousin) is perhaps best known for his long-running role as cul-de-sac neighbor Richard Avery in the "Knots Landing" dramatic serial.

****** Her Name Was Ellie, His Name Was Lyle (1967) Lothar Wolff ~ John Pleshette, Amy Taubin, Lynne Lipton, David Cumins


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