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Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 24 December 1952 (USA)
An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

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For two decades Doc and Lola Delaney avoided coming to terms with what Doc considered a "shot gun" marriage. Lola lost the baby and gives a lot of her affection to Sheba, a dog that disappeared a few months before the film opens. Doc blames Lola for having to drop out of medical school and not becoming a "real" doctor. Until joining AA a year ago, his escape was alcohol. Then college student Marie rents a room in their home. Doc feels passion for the first time in 20 years. But Marie has two suitors her age. Lola -- unaware of Doc's emotions --becomes as interested in Marie's future as if Marie were her daughter. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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That girl in their house spelled trouble!

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24 December 1952 (USA)  »

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A Cruz da Minha Vida  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 4, 1951 with Shirley Booth reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When Burt Lancaster comes home, the boarder's sweater is lying on the newel post at the foot of the staircase. He puts his hand on it. When he come back down to the kitchen, and back up again, it's no longer there. See more »

Quotes

Doc Delaney: Alcoholics are mostly disappointed men.
Lola Delaney: Sure, I know.
[pause]
Lola Delaney: You was never disappointed, were you, Doc?
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Referenced in The Life of Riley: Come Back, Little Junior (1955) See more »

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A touching and sesitive film dealing with the effects of alcohol on a marriage.
2 November 1998 | by (Brea, Ca. USA) – See all my reviews

An acting triumph for both Shirley Booth and Burt Lancaster. This film will stay with you for a long time. Booth won a well deserved Oscar for this performance and it is well worth the time to view it. This is not a happy film obviously to look at but if you appreciate great acting as much as I do, you will really enjoy Come Back Little Sheba.


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