Come Back, Little Sheba

Synopsis: For two decades Doc and Lola Delaney avoided coming to terms with what Doc considered a "shot gun" marriage. Lola lost the baby and gives a lot of her affection to Sheba, a dog that disappeared a few months before the film opens. Doc blames Lola for having to drop out of medical school and not becoming a "real" doctor. Until joining AA a year ago, his escape was alcohol. Then college student Marie rents a room in their home. Doc feels passion for the first time in 20 years. But Marie has two suitors her age. Lola -- unaware of Doc's emotions --becomes as interested in Marie's future as if Marie were her daughter.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Daniel Mann
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Rotten Tomatoes:
83%
APPROVED
Year:
1952
99 min
244 Views

Good morning.

You've come to see the room?

Yes, I have. I'm Marie Buckholder.

Oh. How are you, dear?

You're from the university?

- Yes. I hope I didn't get you up.

- Oh, no, honey.

I had to get up, anyway.

It's up here. Is this the first room

you looked for?

- Yes, it is.

- I hope you like it.

- I'm sure I will.

- We haven't any children, you know.

Come right in. Right in here.

This is the room, honey.

See? You got a closet.

Nice, big closet.

And a lamp for reading.

I'll have to get you a bulb.

It's usually more quiet.

I guess a student needs it quiet.

But today being Saturday,

the Coffman kids is home.

The view isn't too important.

- It ain't too much money?

- No, the price seems all right.

Nice bed. A wonderful bed.

Good mattress.

I know, 'cause I slept here myself.

- You did?

- Well, not lately.

My husband used to be sickly.

But he's all right now.

I don't know, Mrs Delaney,

I'll think it over.

There isn't anything

closer to the university.

- It's very convenient, but...

- The bathroom's nice.

I just had it repainted three years ago.

We could put in another shelf

for your towels and things.

- And that's...

- That's our room.

My husband's asleep or I'd show you.

My husband's a doctor.

Not a real MD, a chiropractor.

But he's got a good practice.

If you was interested in the front room,

I could speak to him.

No, I wouldn't think of it.

I just started looking

and I feel I should look around a bit.

You could get your own meal.

Kitchen privileges, they call it.

And I could get you your own key.

You could come and go as...

That's my sewing room.

- It's a little upset now.

- I will think it over.

You could use the house

as if it was yours.

We wouldn't interfere,

'cause we're very quiet.

We don't have much company.

- It's only two blocks to the bus.

- Yes, it's very convenient.

- It's quite likely I will be back, only...

- I'll keep my fingers crossed.

- Thanks a lot. Goodbye.

- Bye.

- Who was that, Lola?

- Morning. I didn't hear ya.

You know what I just thought I saw?

Little Sheba.

But it was just some little grey dog.

- Who was that upstairs with you?

- She's an awful sweet little thing.

Her name is Marie Buckholder.

She's a student at the university.

I keep thinking

every little dog I see is Sheba.

- What did Miss Buckholder want?

- She came about renting the bedroom.

I called up the university.

You know, Daddy. After all, six dollars

ain't to be sneezed at.

- What are you thinking of?

- Lots of people rent rooms.

Not the Delaneys.

I didn't mean to upset you.

I just thought...

- I don't want anybody here.

- Are you mad at me?

You know, it ain't like before.

Nobody'd see you getting drunk,

'cause you don't get drunk any more.

When I remember the way you used

to be, drinking and getting into fights.

- Please, baby.

- I'm sorry, Daddy.

You gotta understand, honey.

Sure, I know I'm fine today.

Today, I know I can control myself.

That's enough.

Oh, sure, Doc.

Gee, must have been after three

when you got home last night.

Where was you working?

At the jail or the hospital?

At the jail.

- Want fruit juice?

- Oh, sure. Nice and cold.

- You sure drink it up fast.

- You know what the doctor said.

I'll stock in a lot today.

I was sure there was still some left.

Doc, can I go with you

to the AA meeting?

- For your birthday party.

- Sure.

- Wish I had some orange juice.

- I'll go to the store.

- Don't bother.

- Oh, it won't take a minute.

- I can get some on the way to work.

- No, let me do it for you.

I'll be right back. Won't take a second.

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Ketti Frings

Ketti Frings (28 February 1909 – 11 February 1981) was an American author, playwright, and screenwriter who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1958. more…

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