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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 »

Director:

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

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 Joseph Mell ... Proprietor
Karen Norris Karen Norris ... Mrs. Penworth
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La calle de atrás See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to contemporary articles in the entertainment press, William Holden, Gregory Peck, Steve Forrest, and Peter Lawford were considered for the male lead in this picture. Cary Grant expressed interest, but was deemed too old to play the part. 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

Rae Smith: Do you know the worst part? He was trying to seduce me with champagne - domestic champagne.
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Connections

Remake of Back Street (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No.3 in F major - III. Poco Allegretto
Composed by Johannes Brahms
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The cost of Infidelity is high but in this case, it's worth every cent!!
30 December 2004 | by penwil09See all my reviews

Wow....this is Susan Hayward and John Gavin at their best! If you must have an extra-marital affair...they show us how it's done!!! Real class, however, not without it's drawbacks, when children are involved. This will have you grabbing for the giant Kleenex box at the end. This version is a must have for you classic collectors,because it's much better than the old 1941 black & white. Fannie Hurst sure could write these teary classics, and it's too bad there aren't writers around like her anymore. You knew there was plenty of sex in this movie but it wasn't thrown in your face, and absolutely no profanity!!! Thank God, you don't even miss it... which makes it all the more intriguing!!


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