Pinch Hitter (1925)

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Glenn Hunter was still riding high from his success with Merton of the Movies, and in just a few weeks his co-star, Constance Bennett, would achieve stardom herself with the release of Sally, Irene and Mary when they made this ordinary romantic comedy. True to type, Hunter plays Joel Martin, a gawky New Englander who goes to college and almost immediately becomes the focus of the upperclassmen's pranks. But Abbie Nettleton (Bennett) takes pity on him, and when he wants to return home, she calls him a quitter and inspires him to stay. He gets a place on the baseball team, but it's a given that he is really only the mascot. Everyone can predict the rest of the story: There's the big game, and no one is available except Joel to pinch-hit. He steps up to the plate, slams a home run, and wins the game for his alma mater -- and, of course, he wins Abbie, too.