I streamed About Mrs Leslie on Netflix. The movie was released in theaters on June 27, 1954. Shirley Booth stars as Vivien Keeler. Robert Ryan co-stars as George Leslie. The movie is about an older woman who reminisces in flashbacks about her life when she was a nightclub performer, and her relationship with a mysterious man during World War II.
Vivien meets George Leslie in a New York nightclub after one of her performances, and they decide to start seeing one another.
George takes to Vivien almost immediately because he can be himself and relax. Vivien doesn’t pry or demand anything of him. On their first date George asks Vivien to join him in California for six weeks, all expenses paid. After being reassured that the arrangement is about companionship and friendship, Vivien decides to go to California. George is a decent and nice looking man, and I think that Vivien probably never had such a man pay so much attention to her before. Being a nightclub performer she probably came across one too many men who did not have stellar intentions.
There doesn’t seem to be any physical intimacy between the couple since while in California Viven has her own room. They do kiss a few times during the movie, but there is no touchy feely kind of affection between the two characters. George and Vivien obviously do care for and love one another, but not in the passionate way that lovers do. George has tremendous respect for Vivien and always recognizes the value that she brings into his life. George tells the house attendants in California that Vivien is his wife, so she is known as Mrs. Leslie when she is with George.
One evening while Vivien is at the movie theater she finds out George’s true identity. George is married to a socialite and has two grown sons. Vivien is devastated and feels a little cheapened. George doesn’t want to let go of his relationship with Vivien, so he explains about his marriage and what his life has been like.