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Bigger Than Life (1956)

Bigger Than Life
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James Mason

James Mason

Ed Avery
Barbara Rush

Barbara Rush

Lou Avery
Walter Matthau

Walter Matthau

Wally Gibbs
Robert F. Simon

Robert F. Simon

Dr. Norton
Christopher Olsen

Christopher Olsen

Richie Avery
Roland Winters

Roland Winters

Dr. Ruric
Rusty Lane

Rusty Lane

Bob LaPorte


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Description: Schoolteacher and family man Ed Avery, who's been suffering bouts of severe pain and even blackouts, is hospitalized with what's diagnosed as a rare inflammation of the arteries. Told by doctors that he probably has only months to live, Ed agrees to an experimental treatment: doses of the hormone cortisone. Ed makes a remarkable recov ... (more)
Release date: 2 August 1956
1956 (7), 1950s (7), Bible (6), Teacher (6), Aggression (6), Melodrama (6), Drug Abuse (6), Medical (5), School (5), Usa (5), Housewife (5), Drugs (4), Drug (4), Flirt (4), Abuse (4), Cortisone (4), Abusive Father (3), 1950's (3), Psychosis (2), Illness (2)
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