Back Street

Back Street

Susan Hayward
Director: David Miller Cast: Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
, John Gavin
John Gavin
, Vera Miles
Vera Miles
David Miller


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2014
UPC: 0025192095986
Original Release: 1961
Source: Universal Mod
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 884

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Hayward Rae Smith
John Gavin Paul Saxon
Vera Miles Liz Saxon
Charles Drake Curt Stanton
Virginia Grey Janey nee Smith
Reginald Gardiner Dalian
Tammy Marihugh Caroline Saxon
Robert Eyer Paul Saxon
Natalie Schafer Mrs. Evans
Alex Gerry Mr. Venner
Karen Norris Mrs. Penworth
Hayden Rorke Charley Claypole
Mary Lawrence Marge Claypole
Ted Thorpe Hotel Clerk
Joseph Mell Proprietor
Dick Kallman Sailor
Joyce Meadows Model
Lilyan Chauvin Paris Airport Employee
Richard Eyer Paul Saxon Jr.

Technical Credits
David Miller Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Miton Carruth Editor
Stanley Cortez Cinematographer
Eleanore Griffin Screenwriter
Ross Hunter Producer
Fannie Hurst Screenwriter
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
William Ludwig Screenwriter
Frank Skinner Score Composer

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