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Come Back, Little Sheba (1977)

An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

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Silvio Narizzano

Writers:

William Inge (play), William Inge (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Laurence Olivier ... Doc Delaney
Joanne Woodward ... Lola Delaney
Carrie Fisher ... Marie
Nicholas Campbell ... Turk
Patience Collier ... Mrs. Coffman
William Hootkins ... Postman (as Bill Hootkins)
Bob Sherman Bob Sherman ... Milkman
Sheridan Earl Russell Sheridan Earl Russell ... Telegraph Boy
Jay Benedict ... Bruce
Bruce Boa ... Ed
Ed Devereaux ... Elmo
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An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyere vissza, kicsi Shéba! See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Sir Laurence Olivier stepped into the role of Doc as a last-minute replacement for Robert Mitchum. See more »

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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #3.8 (2004) See more »

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Run away, Sheba, run away...
14 June 2002 | by qmaxSee all my reviews

Playwright William Inge never liked Shirley Booth, or her brilliant performance as Lola in the Broadway and original film versions of "Sheba" -- he wanted an actress that would be believable as a faded beauty. Inge did not live to see Woodward's version of Lola, but he probably would have adored it -- he knew her as a young beauty when she understudied Janice Rule in his "Picnic" on Broadway. But the curse on Lola's husband "Doc" endures, and Olivier is as miscast as Lancaster was in the '52 film. It's one of his hammiest performances. A very young Carrie Fisher is natural and luminous as Marie, and Woodward is wonderful as always, but there's no escaping the long shadow of Booth's heartbreaking, legendary performance, which remains the heart and soul of "Sheba." Inge was wrong.


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