Come Back, Little Sheba Overview:

Come Back, Little Sheba (1952) was a Drama Film directed by Daniel Mann and produced by Hal B. Wallis.


An attractive boarder stirs the barely hidden seeds of contempt between a tired, disappointed housewife and her husband, a washed-up alcoholic doctor. Great performances bring William Inge's 1950 play to life on the big screen.

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Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActressShirley BoothWon
Best Supporting ActressTerry MooreNominated
Best Film EditingWarren LowNominated

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Doc Delaney: Alcoholics are mostly disappointed men.
Lola Delaney: Sure, I know.
Lola Delaney: You was never disappointed, were you, Doc?

Doc Delaney: [to Lola as he's leaving for work] Give Daddy a kiss goodbye.
[he kisses his wife]
Marie Buckholder: [teasingly] Aren't you going to kiss me, too, Doctor Delaney?
Lola Delaney: Go on, Doc.
Doc Delaney: I can't spend my time kissing all the girls.

Lola Delaney: I'm too tired to wash my face tonight. Did you?
Doc Delaney: [about Marie] She must spend a fortune on bath powders and salts. That whole bathroom smells like a lilac garden.
Lola Delaney: I know. I like it.

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The original Broadway production of production of "Come Back, Little Sheba" by William Inge opened at the Booth Theater in New York on February 15, 1950 and ran for 190 performances. Shirley Booth won the 1950 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for portraying Lola on stage and then recreated the role in the film version.
Robert Fuller's film debut.
"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 4, 1951 with Shirley Booth reprising her film role.
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