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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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Details

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

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

Goofs

At a ceremony to honor Doc's first year of sobriety, he and three others are each presented with a cake topped by candles representing the number of years of their sobriety. The presenter initially lights each of the four candles on the first cake, and after that presentation then turns with his back to the camera as though lighting three candles on the next cake. However, he turns back too quickly towards the camera while holding the next cake and its glowing 3 lit candles to have actually lit those candles. A wide shot next reveals that the candles on the two remaining cakes on the table behind him are all unlit. Those cakes have 2 unlit candles on one of them and a single unlit candle on Doc's cake. However, in the next shot from another angle, all of the candles on both of the remaining cakes are mysteriously now lit while the two cakes sit on the table behind him. 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 Angels in America (2003) See more »

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Louise
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Booth's performance is one of the best ever to win an Oscar
2 April 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Shirley Booth was 54 when she won the Academy Award as Best Actress for her performance as Lola in the screen version of William Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba". It was also her screen debut in a role that had previously won her a Tony on the stage and, quite frankly, she was magnificent. It launched her on a short-lived movie career and a slightly longer career on television. It's a fine film, well directed by Daniel Mann and adapted by Ketti Frings and it has three other good performances from Burt Lancaster as the alcoholic Doc, Terry Moore as the young lodger who, unwittingly, is the cause of Doc's hitting the bottle again and Richard Jaeckel as the athletic stud Moore is dallying with. Admittedly Lancaster, who at 39 was 15 years younger than Booth, isn't really right for his role, (he was too young for starters), but he handles it very effectively. Nevertheless, this is Booth's show. If she had never done anything else on screen she would still have earned her place in the pantheon of great performances.


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