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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

McKay's car is a 1953 Chrysler New Yorker convertible coupe. Only 950 were made. See more »

Goofs

The position of the blanket covering McKay changes between shots as Nadine is fussing over him in his room. 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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Booth Was a Great Actress
11 April 2006 | by LomzaLadySee all my reviews

This is a silly, tear-jerker of a story, but interesting in spite of itself, the kind to help you pass a rainy day when you're feeling kind of blue.

However . . . . if anyone wants to know who was one of America's greatest actresses, they have only to watch Shirley Booth in this film. She was a very low-key, actually kind of dumpy-looking woman, with a not very pretty speaking voice, but she will keep your attention, amaze you, and break your heart. Even though she looks sort of like she could be Robert Ryan's mother, or at least his older sister, you don't have a moment's doubt that this tall, handsome leading man could fall for her and maintain a long-term relationship with her. She is luminous in her quiet way.

Booth did many stage plays, and to give you an idea of the heft of her acting abilities, several of the parts she played on the stage were subsequently played on screen by Katharine Hepburn. Booth unfortunately lacked what Hollywood considered glamor, but she was chock full of talent and charisma. If you know her only from re-runs of the sitcom "Hazel," you are in for a big surprise if you see her in this film, or in the even better "Come Back Little Sheba."


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