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Shirley Booth won An Oscar in 1952 for her sad performance in this unsettling drama. Quite frankly, she is superb as the forgot-me-not childless housewife who deals with her abusive alcoholic husband played by Burt Lancaster.
This movie still hits home with topics like alcoholism, battered women and childless marriages. The same topical nightmares still exist over 50 years later.
The title refers to the housewife's (Lola)search for her beloved dog, Little Sheba. She searches and calls daily for her lost dog. The despair and sadness in Shirley Booth's voice as she calls for her dog is heart wrenching. Ultimately the dog is her substitute child that has wandered off. A child she never had.
Marital problems increase when the couple rents to a beautiful college girl and thus she becomes the husband's surrogate daughter he never had.
Doc, the husband goes on a drinking binge and trouble ensues as he calls Lola, (the housewife) a fat slut and blames her for all their problems. The sadness that erupts from Lola when she is disgraced by the name calling is truly movie magic. Shirley Booth's face tells us a thousand tales.
This movie based on the play by William Inge is one for the movie vault. It's themes ring true today- The Lost American Dream. Perhaps as we compare the problems of yesterday to the problems of today, we shutter and realize that history just continues to repeat itself. I wonder what this couple would say about the state of the family in today's world?
They might laugh together, but the housewife would still be calling, "Come Back Little Sheba...."
Although Shirley Boothe is a stage actress and her film career is quite short, watching her in this real-life drama makes one believe that she is nothing but a movie queen: she manages to master every scene that she's in as a real pro. Also, Burt Lancaster is outstanding in his portrayal of Doc Danny. Along with The Lost Weekend, The Days of Wine and Roses, and I'll Cry Tomorrow, this film is one of the very best in dealing with the ageless topic of alcoholism.
I decided to buy this classic film because for some unknown reason, it was not shown on the Turner Classic Movie (TCM) channel after being aired frequently a few years ago. Plus, I had it on VHS but wanted a DVD copy. In addition, the price was very reasonable, as are all DVDs I've purchased from half.com. As for the film itself, the acting, directing and story line are excellent. It's what I'd call a deep, yet "cozy film." In these times of dumbed-down culture, and so-called "epics" (what I call over-budgeted made for TV movies), this type film, like all those of the "pre-youth cult" era , would never be made. I can't conceive patrons of the silly, corny, violent, soft-porn movies of today understanding and feeling the depth of "Come Back Little Sheba." Sadly, great films like "The Lost Weekend" has given way to "Dude, Where's My Car". In the words of that great Stooge, Curly Howard, "Oh woe is Moe."
Early 50's, black and white, Burt Lancaster and Shirley Booth, absolutely wonderful!! I would recommend this to everyone. Just a powerful movie!
This 95 minute, 1952 movie is sterling. With Shirley Booth reprising her Broadway role as Lola Delaney with an Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Oscar to boot, she is married to a recovering alcoholic chiropractor, Danny (Burt Lancaster). At first, Danny is docile, and Lola is an over-the-top wife who would drive any man insane with her constant reminiscing about how beautiful she used to be and how Danny stole her. She even tells the neighbors and the mailman that Danny is an alcoholic and that he has recovered with a one year anniversary. As the story continues, her naivete is exposed even more as she reveals that she became pregnant while Danny was in medical school and thus forced a marriage but then miscarried. Thus, the movie title, Come Back Little Sheba, which represents the glory of the past and the loneliness of the present.
And then Lola rents a room to a female university student Marie (Terry Moore in a Best Supporting Actress nomination). When her beefcake boyfriend Kirk starts hanging around, he arouses resentment feelings in Danny and these feelings push him over the cliff. He starts drinking, and the once docile man has a fit that would scare any wife.
This movie is a character study of two lonely people and a spark that causes a blaze in their lives. Marie is the daughter that was miscarried, and at first she brings the missing years back into the Delaneys lives. But when Kirk enters the picture and then her real boyfriend appears, everything goes way wrong.
Watch this movie for an exciting 1.5 hours of emotional upheaval and expect a huge climax.