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Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  24 December 1952 (USA)
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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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Sidney Blackmer won the 1950 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for "Come Back, Little Sheba" for his portrayal of Doc. See more »

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When Lola is talking to Doc in bed about Sheba's disappearance, her right arm alternately jumps from being under her head, near her right cheek and hanging off the side of the bed. See more »

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Lola Delaney: I'm too tired to wash my face tonight. Did you?
Doc Delaney: [about Marie] She must spend a fortune on bath powders and salts. That whole bathroom smells like a lilac garden.
Lola Delaney: I know. I like it.
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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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