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Come Back, Little Sheba
Directed by Daniel Mann • 1952 • United States
Starring Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore
This devastating drama lays bare the tensions beneath the rosy surface of 1950s America. Shirley Booth, reprising her Tony Award–winning Broadway turn, won a best actress Oscar for her film debut, playing the delusional, sad-sack Lola, whose loveless marriage to the unfulfilled, recovering alcoholic Doc (Burt Lancaster) reaches a crisis point when he takes an interest in their flirtatious young boarder (Terry Moore). Adapted from William Inge’s scorching stage play, COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA imbues middle-class American angst with the dimensions of Greek tragedy.