|About Mrs. Leslie|
1954 theatrical poster
|Directed by||Daniel Mann|
|Produced by||Hal Wallis|
|Written by||Ketti Frings|
|Based on||About Mrs. Leslie|
by Viña Delmar
|Music by||Victor Young|
|Edited by||Warren Low|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Rooming house owner Mrs. Vivien Leslie reminisces in flashbacks about her past as a cafe entertainer turned dress shop owner who had a longtime affair with mysterious, lonely industrialist George Leslie, who originally hired her as a vacation "companion." Though they enjoyed each other's company annually at a peaceful oceanside retreat, George told Vivien nothing of his life outside the vacations, until she learned accidentally of his aviation work and his unhappy marriage. In subplots, Vivien's tenants and neighbors, including a young couple aspiring to television success, carry on soap-opera lives. Meanwhile, through her reminiscences and her involvement in her tenants' troubles, Vivien questions whether her relationship with George cost her as much as it gave her.
- 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 Herbert Poole
- Eilene Janssen as Pixie Croffman
- Philip Ober as Mort Finley
- Harry Morgan as Fred Blue
- Ann McCrea as Nightclub girl
Based on the novel About Mrs. Leslie by Viña Delmar (New York, 1950). According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Paramount purchased the rights to Vina Delmar's novel in June 1950, and tentatively assigned the project to George Stevens.
In September 1953, Hollywood Reporter announced that Paul Nathan, story editor and casting director for the "recently dissolved Hal Wallis Productions," was to "start work" on the picture, but the exact nature and extent of his contribution have not been determined.
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