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In the original Broadway production of this William Inge play, Shirley Booth played Lola Delaney, the vulgar, dumpy, less-than-bright "shotgun bride" of recovering alcoholic Doc Delaney, played on stage by Sidney Blackmer, who won a Tony award for his efforts. When time came to film the play, Shirley Booth was retained as Lola, but Burt Lancaster replaced Blackmer as Doc. Although Lancaster seems far too youthful for the role, the film is a fascinating and sometimes funny study of an unhappy marriage made ...
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In the original Broadway production of this William Inge play, Shirley Booth played Lola Delaney, the vulgar, dumpy, less-than-bright "shotgun bride" of recovering alcoholic Doc Delaney, played on stage by Sidney Blackmer, who won a Tony award for his efforts. When time came to film the play, Shirley Booth was retained as Lola, but Burt Lancaster replaced Blackmer as Doc. Although Lancaster seems far too youthful for the role, the film is a fascinating and sometimes funny study of an unhappy marriage made unhappier by the arrival of a sexy stranger. Young Marie (Terry Moore) rents a room from Lola, a tiresome creature who never stops talking, especially about the "imminent" return of her runaway dog Sheba. Doc is having enough trouble staying away from the bottle and resigning himself to his marriage without the curvaceous Marie arousing his baser instincts. The characters interact with gloomy consequences, in the typical kitchen-sink-realism style of Inge's Fifties plays, although a tacked-on happy ending, common to Fifties movie melodramas, pretends otherwise.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full screen format; Dolby Digital (English Mono); English subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Come Back, Little Sheba is a strong adaptation of William Inge's stage play, featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Shirley Booth as the sweet but banal wife of a alcoholic, middle-aged doctor (Burt Lancaster). Booth originated the role in the Broadway production, and her performance makes the movie work. Little Sheba was also the high point in supporting actress Terry Moore's career. Much of Inge's insightful dialogue is wisely retained by screenwriter Ketti Frings. Director Daniel Mann and cinematographer James Wong Howe do a good job of opening up the material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/31/2004
  • UPC: 097360521344
  • Original Release: 1952
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Doc Delaney
Shirley Booth Lola Delaney
Terry Moore Marie Buckholder
Richard Jaeckel Turk Fisher
Philip Ober Ed Anderson
Lisa Golm Mrs. Goffman
Walter Kelley Bruce
Edwin Max Elmo Huston
William Haade Interne
Virginia Hall Blonde
Anthony Jochim Mr. Cruthers
Peter Leeds Milkman
Kitty McHugh Pearl Stinson
Paul McVey Postman
Beverly Mook Judy Coffman
Virginia Mullen Henrietta
Technical Credits
Daniel Mann Director
Ketti Frings Screenwriter
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Warren Low Editor
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Room for Rent
2. Fruit Juice
3. The Birthday Party
4. Disappointed Men
5. Keeping Busy Is Keeping Happy
6. Taboo
7. Memories of Spring
8. Mistakes
9. A Good Dancer
10. Watch Them
11. Fighting Temptation
12. Getting Ready for Company
13. Bruce
14. One More Drink
15. City Hospital
16. I Feel Better Already
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: None
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I recently watched this movie and would recommend it to all film buffs if you haven't seen it already. Most know Shirley Booth from her turn as Hazel on the sitcom of the same name. She has always been one of my favorite actresses and she gives a wonderful performance in this film. Not very Hazel-like so don't have that expectation. Burt Lancaster plays such a dark character, I wasn't sure if I liked him!

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