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About Mrs. Leslie (1954)

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

Director:

Daniel Mann

Writers:

Viña Delmar (novel), Ketti Frings | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley Booth ... Mrs. Vivien Leslie
Robert Ryan ... George Leslie Hendersall
Marjie Millar Marjie Millar ... Nadine Roland
Alex Nicol ... Lan McKay
Sammy White Sammy White ... Harry Willey
James Bell ... Mr. Herbert Poole
Eilene Janssen ... Pixie Croffman
Philip Ober ... Mort Finley
Harry Morgan ... Fred Blue (as Henry Morgan)
Gale Page ... Marion King
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Poole
Ian Wolfe ... Mr. Pope
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Croffman
Ray Teal ... Barney
Ike Jones 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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Drama | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance sans lendemain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Wallis Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

When George and Vivien leave the house for the last time, George tosses the keys in the mailbox and closes the gate. When they pause to look back, the gate is open. After they continue walking, the gate is again closed. 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 »

Soundtracks

KISS THE BOYS GOODBYE
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Shirley Booth
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In love with a dollar a year man
10 November 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If people did not accept back street arrangements like Shirley Booth did in About Mrs. Leslie a whole lot of romance novels and soap operas would never be written. In one of her few film appearances Shirley Booth plays Mrs. Leslie who owns a boardinghouse in Los Angeles and deals with the problems of her tenants while thinking back on her wartime romance with what was called then, a dollar a year man.

Her dollar a year man is Robert Ryan whom she met back east when she was singing in some second rate supper club. They more than hit it off and she accepts his proposition for a six week vacation on the southern California coast though her breaking her contract puts her career such as it is in jeopardy.

She only finds out about who this man really is when she sees a newsreel in the theater and finds out that 46 weeks a year he's a business executive and former World War I ace who married a Senator's daughter to advance his career. Ryan regrets this and Booth regrets having to settle for back street status though in the end financially she comes out well.

Combining elements of both Back Street and Maytime, About Mrs. Leslie is a fine film, one which we used to call a woman's picture. Booth made too few feature films for the big screen, but when she got there everyone was a gem.

About Mrs. Leslie is an uncut diamond. It should be broadcast more often.


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