Burt Lancaster as Doc Delaney; Shirley Booth as Lola Delaney; Terry Moore as Marie Buckholder; Richard Jaeckel as Turk Fisher; Philip Ober as Ed Anderson; Edwin Max as Elmo Huston; Lisa Golm as Mrs. Coffman; Walter Kelley as Bruce Cunningham; Robert Fuller as Extra; Art Gilmore as Trailer Narrator; Ned Glass as Man at AA Meeting; William Haade as Interne; Virginia Hall as Blonde; Anthony Jochim as Mr. Cruthers; Peter Leeds as Milkman
NR (Not Rated)
James Wong Howe
An emotionally remote recovering alcoholic and his dowdy, unambitious wife face a personal crisis when they take in an attractive lodger. Doc Delaney (Burt Lancaster) and wife Lola (Shirley Booth) had an indiscreet affair, she became pregnant and, compelled to marry her, he gave up his medical studies, forfeited his future and settled down to a life of quiet desperation with the simple, frumpy Lola, who lost the child but has remained Doc's steadfast if slatternly wife. Now a chiropractor, recovering alcoholic, and active member of his town's AA chapter, Doc's sobriety is severely tested when Marie (Terry Moore), a young college student becomes their boarder, bringing new life and long-dormant hostilities to the surface of Doc and Lola's troubled marriage.