Back Street [DVD] [1961]

  • SKU: 25650279
  • Release Date: 08/05/2014
  • Rating: NR
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Back Street
This third film version of the lachrymose Fannie Hurst novel Back Street stars Susan Hayward as Rae Smith the role previously essayed by Irene Dunne (in 1932) and Margaret Sullavan (in 1941). In both earlier films, Rae Smith sacrifices 28 years of her life to her married lover, who can never get a divorce and who compels Rae to squirrel herself away in a shabby back-street apartment. In contrast, Susan Hayward's Rae Smith is a fiercely independent fashion designer, whose fidelity to the very married John Gavin doesn't retard her livelihood in the least. Vera Miles makes a meal of her supporting role as Gavin's shrewish, alcoholic wife. Though cinematographer Stanley Cortez does his utmost, he can't completely hide the fact that Hayward is at least ten years older than her costars, making her seem more of a doting aunt than the "other woman" (the film might have been more effective had Hayward and Miles switched roles). Its plot inconsistencies and logic lapses notwithstanding, Back Street proved to be another hit for producer Ross Hunter. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Susan Hayward
    Susan Hayward - Rae Smith
  • John Gavin
    John Gavin - Paul Saxon
  • Vera Miles
    Vera Miles - Liz Saxon
  • Charles Drake
    Charles Drake - Curt Stanton
  • Virginia Grey
    Virginia Grey - Janey nee Smith

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Movie

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    Definitely one of the best cinematic classics of the early 1960's. Susan Hayward, John Gavin, and Vera Miles create an exceptional cast in a beautiful and heart breaking story of true love and moral duty. This story will grip your heart and bring a smile to your face. Back Street is an immortal, haunting, romantic story, a treasure for all to enjoy and share.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Movie

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    Saw This About 30 years ago loved it since tat time you might catch it on tv on some strange channel. susan hayward was at her prime john gavin they were at there peak a basic love story that was beautiful. this was Hollywood at it,s best

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