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About Mrs. Leslie (Paramount 1954, Shirley Booth, Robert Ryan)



Melodrama about the early romance of a now middle-aged owner of a California rooming house. Told in flashbacks, the story follows her trail from New York City to Beverly Hills after she becomes the mistress of a man she meets in New York and pretends to be his wife. He dies and she later learns he was a rich industrialist.

Director Daniel Mann’s second film, followed his Come Back, Little Sheba (1952). Though he never won an Academy Award, Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Booth and Anna Magnani all took home Oscars after appearing in his films.

production details
USA | Paramount | 104 minutes | 1953

Director: Daniel Mann
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Original Story: Vina Delmar
Cinematography: Ernest Laszlo
Editor: Warren Low
Music: Victor Young
Script: Ketti Frings, Hal Kanter
Production Design: John P. Fulton

Shirley Booth as Mrs. Vivien Leslie
Robert Ryan as George Leslie
Marjie Millar as Nadine Roland
Alex Nicol as Lan McKay
Sammy White as Harry Willey
James Bell as Mr. Herbert Poole
Eilene Janssen as Pixie Croffman
Philip Ober as Mort Finley
Harry Morgan as Fred Blue
Ellen Corby as Mrs. Croffman
Maidie Norman as Camilla
Kasey Rogers as Felice
Nana Bryant as Mrs. McKay
Ray Teal as Barney
Ian Wolfe as Mr. Pope
Pierre Watkin as Lewis
Virginia Brissac as Mrs. Poole
Amanda Blake as Gilly
Percy Helton as Hackley
Mabel Albertson as Mrs. Sims
Edith Evanson as Mrs. Fine
Ike Jones as Jim