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Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

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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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 Lisa Golm ... Mrs. Coffman
Walter Kelley Walter Kelley ... Bruce Cunningham
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cruz da Minha Vida See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of production of "Come Back, Little Sheba" by William Inge opened at the Booth Theater in New York on February 15, 1950 and ran for 190 performances. Shirley Booth won the 1950 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for portraying Lola on stage and then recreated the role in the film version for which she won the Best Actress Oscar award. See more »

Goofs

About 1:34 into the film Lola takes Doc into the kitchen to fix him breakfast where a moving shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the door and door frame after she gets the can of juice from the icebox. 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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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #6.4 (1955) See more »

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Fantastic performance by Shirley Booth
24 October 2006 | by nnnn45089191See all my reviews

Shirley Booth's performance in this movie is one of the best I've seen.From the moment she appears as Lola Delaney you know almost everything you need to know about her character.It's quite rare that I get moved to tears by a performance,but Shirley Booth managed that feat. She conveys all the emotions of a simple woman who's life didn't turn out the way she dreamed and her realization that the springtime of her life has long gone.Burt Lancaster might have been a bit young for the part of Doc Delaney,but I think he's really good and powerful and frightening in the drunk-scene.Terry Moore was a charming acquaintance for me.Her performance was quite assured and natural. Although this movie is more like a filmed play, I enjoyed it a lot.


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