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Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
by Richard Gilliam review

Come Back, Little Sheba is a strong adaptation of William Inge's stage play, featuring an Oscar-winning performance by Shirley Booth as the sweet but banal wife of a alcoholic, middle-aged doctor (Burt Lancaster). Booth originated the role in the Broadway production, and her performance makes the movie work. Little Sheba was also the high point in supporting actress Terry Moore's career. Much of Inge's insightful dialogue is wisely retained by screenwriter Ketti Frings. Director Daniel Mann and cinematographer James Wong Howe do a good job of opening up the material.