Come Back, Little Sheba

Come Back, Little Sheba

DVD - 2004
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Lola Delaney is a vulgar, dumpy, less-than-bright "shotgun bride" who is married to recovering alcoholic Doc Delaney. Their unhappy marriage is made even more unhappy when a sexy stranger, Marie, rents a room from Lola. Lola is a tiresome creature who never stops talking, especially about the "imminent" return of her runaway dog Sheba. Doc is having enough trouble staying from the bottle and resigning himself to his marriage without the curvaceous Marie arousing his baser instincts.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount, [2004]
ISBN: 9780792198048
0792198042
Call Number: DVD F COME
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
DVD video,4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,mono,Dolby Digital 1.0,rda
laser optical,NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda

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steelydeacon May 02, 2016

People who do not understand the struggles of recovering alcoholics seem to be very superficial in their evaluation of this film. This film is not about the dissatisfaction of a bad marriage and the temptations of a young border. Doc is not tempted sexually by Marie's presence (much as modern viewers find this so hard to believe). He wants to be a father figure to her. He feels responsible for her as if she was the daughter he never had. Yes, he is superficially dissatisfied with how Lola has turned out, but this movie is all about realizing the blessing that Lola truly is and how without her Doc would really be lost. Most recovering drunks are only successful because of a faithful wife who loves them through all the atrocious crap they have to put up with from the drunk. It's not about how unattractive Lola is, but rather it's about how helpless Doc really is without her, and how he finally discovers this truth for himself and comes to love and respect Lola as she deserves.

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ManMachine
Apr 24, 2015

If nothing else - I think that this stark, sad, and very despairing drama (that touches on such subject matter as - alcoholism, bad marriages, loneliness, and youthful lust) is well-worth a view since it gives the spectator a very clear idea of the distinctive and dynamic acting-styles of the early-1950s.

In particular - This 1952 film (which was adapted from a stage play of the same name) seems to exemplify that era of movie-making quite commendably as it attempts to faithfully portray "realism" without the usual Hollywood fluff & glamour thrown into the mix.

Yes. This film contains its fair share of both terrific, as well as terrible moments - But, in the long run, I'd say that it hit its intended mark more often than it missed.

54 years old at the time, actress Shirley Booth was, to me, quite believable in her part as Lola Delaney, the gabby, frumpy, lonely wife of Doc Delaney, a secretly resentful, recovering alcoholic.

This would be Booth's first film as an actress (though she had performed on stage for many years prior). For her in-depth portrayal as Lola, she won an Oscar for "Best Actress".

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Rote_Hahn
Dec 05, 2010

Shirley Booth is an exceptional actress; one of the few that has been awarded an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy for her film stage and television work.

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