Come Back, Little Sheba (DVD, 2004)
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USA Today - Mike Clark (09/10/2004)
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- rockyriverbluesDec 16, 2006by
WHERE HAS THAT DOG RAN AWAY TO?
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...."Read full review
- caponata11106Jul 7, 2010by
Come Back, Little Sheba
Early 50's, black and white, Burt Lancaster and Shirley Booth, absolutely wonderful!! I would recommend this to everyone. Just a powerful movie!
- 216846841@delet...Mar 8, 2007by
the age old topic of alcoholism
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.
- 351163210@delet...Sep 1, 2006by
Come bBack Little Sheba
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."Read full review