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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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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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 the difficult customer exits the dress shop, Vivien is shown opening the door twice between shots. 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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One of the best love stories EVER!
7 February 2007 | by audiesgirlSee all my reviews

It amazes me how this movie is so seldom shown is not available on DVD. It's one of the most original love stories ever made, the leads are superb, overcoming the initial impression they are miscast. That proves what gifted actors Booth and Ryan were. This bittersweet love story between a less than glamorous piano girl in a shabby bar and a handsome businessman covers several years of their annual clandestine meeting until their romance is interrupted by World War II. All along the way you have a foreboding of doom for these two unlikely secret lovers, but you root for them anyway. I've written to TCM begging them to show this film, I hope they do so soon.


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