Come Back, Little Sheba

Come Back, Little Sheba is a 1952 American drama film directed by Daniel Mann in his directorial debut and produced by Paramount Pictures. The script was adapted by Ketti Frings from the 1950 play of the same title by William Inge. Starring Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore, and Richard Jaeckel, the film tells the story of a loveless marriage that is rocked when a young college student rents a room in the couple's house. The title refers to the wife's little dog that disappeared months before the story begins and that she still openly grieves for. Booth, in her film debut, won the Academy Award for Best Actress.


"Doc" Delaney is a recovering alcoholic married to Lola, a frumpy, middle-aged housewife. Doc had once been a promising medical student, but dropped out of college when Lola became pregnant with his child, marrying her because her father had thrown her out of the house. The child later died, and Lola was unable to have any more children. Doc spent the years drinking away the pain, in the process ruining his career and wasting his inheritance from his parents on drink. Doc, now sober for one year, is polite but distant toward his wife, while Lola is lonely and unhappy. She sleeps late, dresses sloppily, and does not keep a tidy house. Every day she goes outside to call for her lost dog Sheba, and also dreams about him.