Based on William Inge's classic play, Come Back, Little Sheba is the stirring tale of a life-weary couple who rescue hope from the ruins of the past. Shirley Booth stars in an Academy Award - winning performance as Lola, slovenly housewife to Doc Delaney (Burt Lancaster), a recovering alcoholic. The Delaney's life is dull and unchanging, but takes a dramatic turn when the couple take in charming boarder, Marie (Terry Moore). Marie becomes the daughter the Delaney's never had. But when Marie takes up with boorish boyfriend, Doc descends into a jealous tailspin and must once again face the temptations of the bottle.
Seemed Older than 1952
- Come Back, Little Sheba review by Cato
Perhaps it was because the film was in monochrome, or maybe because the squawking Shirley Booth seemed a little too old (6 years older than Lancaster), but this film seemed pretty darned old. As far as Little Sheba was concerned, she didn't even put in an appearance. I think we were supposed to think the dog was in some way connected to the story, but I didn't really get it. The film was apparently a play before it became a film, but maybe it should have stayed on stage.