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Back Street (1961)

Passed | | Drama | 12 October 1961 (USA)
In Lincoln, the ambitious aspirant-designer Rae Smith has an incident with a wolf department store businessman and is rescued by the Marine Paul Saxon. They immediately fall in love with ... See full summary »

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David Miller

Writers:

Fannie Hurst (novel), Eleanore Griffin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Hayward ... Rae Smith
John Gavin ... Paul Saxon
Vera Miles ... Liz Saxon
Charles Drake ... Curt Stanton
Virginia Grey ... Janey
Reginald Gardiner ... Dalian
Tammy Marihugh ... Caroline
Robert Eyer Robert Eyer ... Paul Saxon Jr.
Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Evans
Joseph Cronin Joseph Cronin ... Airport Clerk (as Joe Cronin)
Doreen McLean Doreen McLean ... Miss Hatfield
Ted Thorpe Ted Thorpe ... Hotel Clerk
Alex Gerry ... Mr. Venner
Joseph Mell ... Proprietor
Karen Norris Karen Norris ... Mrs. Penworth
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In Lincoln, the ambitious aspirant-designer Rae Smith has an incident with a wolf department store businessman and is rescued by the Marine Paul Saxon. They immediately fall in love with each other and spend the night together. On the next morning, Paul needs to return to Chicago and calls Rae to go with him. However she misses the plane and Paul travels alone. Soon she learns that he is married with children and she is convinced by her sister to move to New York where she succeeds in the fashion world. Paul, who owns a department store chain, stumbles upon her on the street and their love is rekindled. However, Rae decides to leave New York and her boss and partner convinces her to open a store in Rome. Some time later, they meet each other again and Rae learn that Paul is indeed unhappily married with the alcoholic Liz Saxon. They have a love affair and Paul buys a country house at the countryside of France where they spend their leisure time together. But their lives shatter when ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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She Shut Her Eyes to Shame...When She Opened Her Heart to Love!

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Drama

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John Gavin and Vera Miles play husband and wife in this film, however, it marks their reunion just one year after playing Janet Leigh's boyfriend and sister, respectively, in Alfred Hitchock's iconic thriller, Psycho (1960). See more »

Goofs

After Rae's confrontation with Paul's son, she drives out to the country house and turns off the paved road onto a dirt road. But, in the next shot, the rear-screen projection still shows the paved road. See more »

Quotes

Paul Saxon: [presenting her with a framed portrait of himself] Do you think you can build a room around that?
Rae Smith: Why not? I've built a life around it.
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Connections

Remake of Back Street (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.4 in E minor - I. Allegro non troppo
Composed by Johannes Brahms
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An age-defying film
30 April 2001 | by dinky-4See all my reviews

When first released some forty years ago, critics rightly complained about the soap-opera plot, the melodramatic dialog, the stock characters, and the excessive showcasing of sets and costumes. These complaints are still valid, but over the course of four decades, a realization has emerged that despite or even because of these failings, "Back Street" is a gloriously entertaining work that plays just as well now as it did back in 1961. How many other movies can claim this sort of durability? I would, however, like to point out five faults in the production. (1) Susan Hayward is a good ten or even fifteen years too old for this part. (2) The film's supposed message about the emptiness of being the "other woman" is blunted by the opulent success in which Hayward lives. (3) Vera Miles' character is so selfish and shrewish that one can't imagine why John Gavin ever married her. There should have been a line about how he'd been forced into an "arranged" marriage in order to save the family business. (4) When Gavin and Hayward meet for the first time in New York, after their initial encounter in Nebraska, he seems surprised to learn that she's now the famous fashion-designer who signs her creations "rae" -- all small letters, very chic -- even though she'd specifically told him of her plans at their first meeting. How many fashion-designers named "rae" did he think there were in the world? (5) One must wait more than forty minutes before Gavin takes his shirt off, and then he just has a dimly-lit scene where he and Hayward run out of the ocean in modest swim-wear before reclining on a beach towel. Gavin's physique deserved much more exposure than this.


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Release Date:

12 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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