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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Southwest Airlines plane used in the film is a Douglas DC-3C, made in 1944, registration N63440. It was originally manufactured for the Army for use in WWII as a C-47 Skytrain, registration 43-15728. It was acquired by SWA in 1946, converted to passenger use and flew with them until 1958. As of 2016 it had been sitting at the Arlington (Wash.) municipal airport for several years, back in its WWII paint scheme. See more »

Goofs

When George shows Vivian her room in the beach house in California, she opens the sheer curtain on her side of the window past the upper window divider. In the next closer shot, the curtain is not nearly as open. In a subsequent shot it is open further again. 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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a revelation
27 November 2002 | by hipthorntonSee all my reviews

One of Shirley Booth's true acting performances. For audiences who thought she could only play burned out losers like the plodding,dull houswife in "Come Back,Little Sheba," this film shows she definitely had leading lady status. The story of a boarding house owner recalling her one great love in conjunction with the woes of her boarders is very good. The entire cast shines in support. The carping of Robert Ryan is a strange one.He is entirely believable as her lover. Miss Booth's appearance was almost a shock,she wears nice dresses and tailored suits with ease.Not every woman back then looked like Lana Turner!Surely show business had singers who were slightly dumpy and past their prime. Miss Booth duly projects the longing and lonliness all people feel at one time.The final scene where the last of the boarders leave is sadly sweet,as she sighs and puts out her rooms for rent sign again


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