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About Mrs. Leslie (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 3 August 1954 (USA)
A rooming house landlady recalls her past in flashbacks.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mrs. Vivien Leslie
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George Leslie Hendersall
Marjie Millar ...
Nadine Roland
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Lan McKay
Sammy White ...
Harry Willey
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Mr. Herbert Poole
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Pixie Croffman
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Mort Finley
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Fred Blue (as Henry Morgan)
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Marion King
Virginia Brissac ...
Mrs. Poole
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Mr. Pope
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Mrs. Croffman
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Barney
Ike Jones ...
Jim
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Storyline

Mrs. Leslie, rooming house landlady, reminisces in flashbacks about her past as a cafe entertainer and her involvement with the mysterious George Leslie, who originally hires her as a vacation "companion" but tells her nothing of his life outside the vacations. In subplots, Mrs. Leslie's tenants and neighbors carry on soap-opera lives. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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...and the man she never quite married

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Romance sans lendemain  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Nadine and McKay are driving to Hollywood for her audition, they pass Hillcrest Motor Company at 9230 Wilshire Blvd. It was the Beverly Hills' Cadillac dealership from 1927 to 1986. As of 2016 it is a Lexus dealership. See more »

Goofs

The position of Vivian's hands changes between shots when she sits down to talk with George in the nightclub. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Vivien Leslie: Do you know you haven't said a word since we left the restaurant? You don't talk very much, do you?
George Leslie: I'm a listener. A very important part of society - a listener. Without us, who would the talkers talk to - each other? Talkers don't listen to themselves, much less other talkers.
Mrs. Vivien Leslie: Well, for a listener, that's quite a lot of gab!
George Leslie: I may not say anything again until... June 14!
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Connections

References The Valley of Decision (1945) See more »

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I Love You So
(uncredited)
Written by Victor Young and Peggy Lee
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"Real Life" Drama, In Melodramatic Form
22 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First, it must be mentioned that Shirley Booth was a fantastic actress in both film and stage, the latter being her forte. Here was an actress who, despite the fact that she was not Hollywood model material by any means, could run rings around scores of her drop-dead gorgeous contemporaries in the acting department! It's really a pity that she became typecast as "Hazel" in her popular television series, because she could, and did, offer so much more.

That said, now comes the plot of this particular film. A fairly good looking, well to do up and comer in politics, albeit married to someone else, falls in love with Ms. Booth's somewhat frumpy character. Highly unlikely, some people would say, but it happens in this film, and it happens in real life, no matter what the media would have you believe. Robert Ryan rendered a fine performance, and both of them generated the right chemistry. This is where it gets really good. The love that's shared between these two comes across as quite genuine. In fact, it blossoms throughout the film by way of a good plot! No spoiler here! You must see the film in its entirety to understand this.

Yes, the film plays out like a soap opera for the most part, but the idea behind it, the love between these two people, no matter the odds, is very real. There are lots of sub-plots going on throughout, but they all seem to come together perfectly and sensibly in the end. Many facets and foibles of human nature are addressed quite well in the process.

This is a must see, as are all of Shirley Booth's movies, at least in my opinion. It's too bad she didn't make more of them.


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