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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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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!

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Drama | Romance

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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

This was Daniel Mann's directorial debut. See more »

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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

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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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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A fascinatingly well done tale of alcoholism.
31 January 2007 | by KennethEagleSpiritSee all my reviews

Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, and Terry Moore shine in this very fine flick. In watching it, if you know anything at all about denial, projection, alcoholism, and Alcholics Anonymous, this is a wonderful telling of the psychological and spiritual truths behind the disease. Certain attitudes and comments, projected so well by both Booth and Lancaster, along with the innocent bystander Moore, are dead on. The activities of the men who come to deal with Lancaster while he is in his cups are straight out of the "Big Book". And the resultant coming to grips with the thing, a turn around in out look, are perfect examples of "progress, not perfection" and "having had a spiritual awakening". For the plot, the great acting ability, the talent both in front of and behind the camera, and, for me anyway, the psychology of the thing, it just doesn't get much better than this.


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