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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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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!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Come Back, Little Sheba 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

Ed Anderson (Philip Ober) drives a brand new 1952 Plymouth sedan; Turk Fisher (Richard Jaeckel) drives a 1938 Ford convertible. See more »

Goofs

When Doc and Lola are having breakfast, he pours a glass of orange juice and sets it down at her place setting. In the next shot he pours her another glass of juice and the first one has disappeared. 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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Soundtracks

Louise
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Shirley Booth gives Oscar-Performance (got Kleenex?)
21 May 2005 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

William Inge's play transfers nicely to the big screen, with perfectly cast leads Shirley Booth and Burt Lancaster.

A middle aged, childless couple struggles with the husband's periodic alcoholic "episodes". When they rent out a room in their house to a young college girl, the audience learns a lot about the couple just by observing their reactions to "the young people". "Doc" Delaney exhibits fatherly, protective feelings toward the young woman, expressing disgust when she brings a young man to her room. A regular at AA meetings, he eventually "gets sick" again. Determined never to give up, his devoted wife Lola stands by her man. The ending leaves us hopeful that all will turn out well.

There are many beautiful moments in this film, assuring a lover of tearjerkers a full pay-off! Shirley Booth deserved her 1953 Oscar for her portrayal of Lola Delaney. Oh, and don't look for little Sheba, she won't be back.


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