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Back Street (1932)

 |  Drama  |  30 December 1932 (USA)
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A woman's love for and devotion to a married man results in her being relegated to the "back streets" of his life.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ray Schmidt
John Boles ...
Walter D. Saxel
June Clyde ...
Freda Schmidt
George Meeker ...
Kurt Shendler
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Mrs. Dole
Shirley Grey ...
Francine
Doris Lloyd ...
Corinne Saxel - Walter's Wife
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Richard Saxel - Walter's Son
Arletta Duncan ...
Beth Saxel - Walter's Daughter
Maude Turner Gordon ...
Mrs. Saxel - Walter's Mother
Walter Catlett ...
Bakeless
James Donlan ...
Profhero
Paul Weigel ...
Adolph Schmidt - Ray's Father
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Mrs. Adolph Schmidt
Robert McWade ...
Uncle Felix
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A woman's love for and devotion to a married man results in her being relegated to the "back streets" of his life.

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Waiting--always waiting--in the shadows of the back streets...longing for the man she loves...asking nothing, receiving nothing--yet content to sacrifice all for him. WHY?

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30 December 1932 (USA)  »

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A Esquina do Pecado  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording Sound System)

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Ray Schmidt: There isn't one woman in a million who's found happiness in the back street of any man's life.
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Very gentle predecessor to the women's film from the master of substance
19 September 2007 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

At our recent film society screening of this film (we very luckily have a 16mm print in The National Film and Sound Archive here in Australia) it was very apparent of the skill of director and his star in what is an subtle and underplayed telling of this Fannie Hurst tearjerker. There is an absence of musical underscore very typical for the period prior to 1934, and this added to the potency of the effect of Dunne's absorbing and masterful performance, illustrating her as not just a star but an actress as well. Overall this film has a very gentle feel with slow fade-outs used frequently in giving this effect. Dunne is wonderful in her playing earlier in a lighter fashion and makes a skillful transformation into the section of the film where she is older and more serious. I had sympathy for her character in spite of the sacrifices she makes for John Boles, remaining in the "back street" of his life. I see director Stahl as a sort of predecessor to Sirk in his handling of solid fare such as this and "Leave her to Heaven" (1945).


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