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A Child is Waiting (1963); Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

A Child is Waiting (1963)
April 8, 2013 - 7:30 pm
actress Terry Moore.

A Child is Waiting (1963)

"A poignant, provocative, revealing dramatization" — Variety 

"One should learn a great deal from this picture -- all of which should be helpful and give hope." — New York Times 

Directed by John Cassavetes

A flourish of inventive casting pairs stolid Burt Lancaster with fragile Judy Garland in director John Cassavetes' penetrating drama. Psychologist Matthew Clark (Lancaster) runs a boarding school for developmentally challenged children, where music teacher Jean Hansen (Garland) becomes emotionally involved with a particular young boy. Their push and pull over what will best serve the child, and the school's mission, fuels an intelligent and heartrending story of good and honorable intentions.

United Artists. Producer: Stanley Kramer. Based on the novel by Abby Mann. Screenwriter: Abby Mann. Cinematographer: Joseph LaShelle. Editor: Gene Fowler Jr. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Judy Garland, Gena Rowlands, Steven Hill.  

35mm, b/w, 104 min. 

Watch the trailer below. 

Come Back, Little Sheba (1953)

Directed by Daniel Mann

Daniel Mann's stirring feature stars Burt Lancaster as "Doc" Delaney, a recovering alcoholic, whose marriage (to Shirley Booth's "Lola") has been drained of love and hope. When the pair accepts a young female boarder in their house, the newcomer's vivacity instigates emotional upsets that lead to a cataclysmic outcome. Lancaster turns in a bravura performance as a man haunted by his past and by the spectacle of others' happiness.

Paramount Pictures Corp. Producer: Hal B. Wallis. Based on the play by William Inge. Screenwriter: Ketti Frings. Cinematographer: James Wong Howe. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Shirley Booth, Terry Moore, Richard Jaeckel, Philip Ober.

16mm, b/w, 99 min.

Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Watch the trailer below.