Approved | | Drama, Romance
An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger.
Burt Lancaster actively campaigned to play the alcoholic husband in this film, even though he was much younger than the character, Doc, who was in his mid-fifties. Sidney Blackmer, who had played the part on Broadway in the original production, was 18 years older than Lancaster, and Shirley Booth was 15 years his senior. The role of Doc was coveted by Humphrey Bogart, who was the right age, but Bogart lost out to Lancaster due to studio politics, despite the fact that he had just turned in his Oscar-winning performance in The African Queen (1951). With several stars vying for Doc, it occurred to no one that the perfect actor for the role was Academy Award winner Dean Jagger, whose gentle temperament and everyman physical appearance were exactly what the part called for.
Give Daddy a kiss goodbye.
Marie Buckholder: Aren't you going to kiss me, too, Doctor Delaney?
Lola Delaney: Go on, Doc.
Doc Delaney: I can't spend my time kissing all the girls.
When Doc and Lola are at breakfast - the same scene where her juice glass disappears - Doc starts pouring from the kettle into her cup twice between shots. Also in the same scene, when Doc is putting sugar in his coffee, in one shot he is holding the sugar bowl in his left hand and in the next it's back on the table.