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Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) John D. Hancock, Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia, Drama, Sport

Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Henry Wiggen (Author to his friends) and Bruce Pearson are members of the New York Mammoths major league baseball team – Author the star pitcher, Bruce the catcher who never quite lived up to his potential – friends, and roommates when they’re on the road. During the off season, Bruce is diagnosed with a terminal case of Hodgkin’s disease. Author is the only person on the team who knows of Bruce’s illness, with neither planning on telling anyone. Author takes extraordinary measures to ensure that he is playing ball with Bruce during what will probably be Bruce’s final season before he can no longer play. Author looks after Bruce in part because Bruce is mentally a simple man who can easily be taken advantage of, especially by his opportunistic girlfriend Katie. As the season progresses, the team isn’t quite gelling, despite being the best team on paper.

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Eleni (1985) Peter Yates, Kate Nelligan, John Malkovich, Linda Hunt, Drama, War

Eleni (1985)
Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a parallel plot line we see Nick as a young boy and his family as they struggle to survive in the occupied Greek hillside. The plot lines converge as Nick’s investigations bring him closer to the answers.

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Dr. Kildare’s Crisis (1940) Harold S. Bucquet, Lew Ayres, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Drama

Dr Kildare's Crisis 1940
Dr. Jimmy Kildare and Nurse Mary Lamont are all sent to get married and her brother Doug Lamont has come to New York. When Jimmy meets him he notices strange behavior on his part such as sudden inattention or acting as if he was hearing sounds that are non-existent. The doctor starts to diagnose him and comes to the conclusion that he probably has epilepsy, a hereditary disease that could conceivably affect Mary as well, even though she has never shown any symptoms. Dr. Kildare is worried about this part of medicine and how you tell someone that they have a disease that they can do nothing about. It’s left to Dr. Leonard Gillespie to come up with a solution and ensure that Jimmy and Mary can still get married.

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Loose Ankles (1930) Ted Wilde, Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Louise Fazenda, Comedy, Romance

Loose Ankles (1930)
In this light romantic comedy, 17-year old Loretta Young is cast as Ann Harper, a wealthy socialite who has inherited a fortune provided the family is involved in no scandals appearing in print, and her two aunts and uncle consent to the marriage. Put off by all this, she is determined to cause a scandal so that none of the family will receive any of the inheritance. An arrow-straight Fairbanks is volunteered to be the one to “compromise” her, but the two end up falling for each other. Upon being discovered in Loretta’s boudoir, Fairbanks makes a hasty exit out of the nearest window. The romance seems destined to fail, but Fairbanks (and his two friends) have other ideas, which are accidentally “aided” by the two prudish aunts.

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