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Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 13 February 1953 (USA)
An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

Ketti Frings (screenplay), William Inge (original play)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Doc Delaney
Shirley Booth ... Lola Delaney
Terry Moore ... Marie Buckholder
Richard Jaeckel ... Turk Fisher
Philip Ober ... Ed Anderson
Edwin Max ... Elmo Huston
Lisa Golm ... Mrs. Coffman
Walter Kelley Walter Kelley ... Bruce Cunningham
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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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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Burt Lancaster wore a girdle to play the paunchy Doc Delaney. See more »

Goofs

When Doc kisses Lola after lecturing her about spying on the teenagers, his right arm dangles limply as Lola grasps his upper arm. A split second later, it is he that has grabbed Lola's arm and holds her by the upper arm. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Bottom Feeder (2007) See more »

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Stella By Starlight
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Face reality -- it's the only truth
29 June 2001 | by mermattSee all my reviews

This is an interesting study about the trials of people dealing with disappointment and alcoholism. Lost dreams have been Doc's excuse for turning to the bottle, and a lost little dog (Sheba) symbolizes his wife's search for herself.

The film based on the play is an early study of the pain of addiction. As Doc tells his wife, "Dreams are strange." There is redemption in the fact that Doc asks for forgiveness as his wife regains her sense of dignity.

Booth gives a very believable performance, and Lancaster is excellent playing a man far older than he was at the time. This is a touching, though simplistic, look at the dark side of human nature.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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