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Back Street (1941)

 -  Drama  -  7 February 1941 (USA)
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Pretty Rae Smith and handsome Walter Saxel meet, fall in love and make plans to marry. Unfortunately, their marriage plans get sabotaged when a jealous beau makes Rae miss the ceremony. The... See full summary »

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Walter Louis Saxel
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Ray Smith
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Curt Stanton
Frank McHugh ...
Ed Porter
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Richard Saxel
Frank Jenks ...
Harry Niles
Esther Dale ...
Mrs. Smith
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Felix Darren
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Freda Smith
Nell O'Day ...
Elizabeth Saxel
Kitty O'Neil ...
Mrs. Dilling
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Corinne Saxel
Cecil Cunningham ...
Mrs. Miller
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Adams
Dale Winter ...
Miss Evans
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Pretty Rae Smith and handsome Walter Saxel meet, fall in love and make plans to marry. Unfortunately, their marriage plans get sabotaged when a jealous beau makes Rae miss the ceremony. The two meet many years later in New York, only now Walter is married. Refusing to be shut out of his life, Rae agrees to be Walter's mistress. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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7 February 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Esquina do Pecado  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Joan Fontaine was originally cast in the female lead, but was replaced by Margaret Sullavan before shooting began. See more »

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Version of Back Street (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by New Year's Eve party revellers
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This movie isn't out-of-date
26 September 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"This film (based on a Fanny Hurst best seller) is way out of date in the modern age. No self-respecting woman would be so willing to sacrifice her career for the prospect of being a millionaire's kept woman. No man, seriously in love with any woman, would put them through such a demeaning situation (they would consider divorce first of all, then remarriage). But there was supposed to be a sense of self-sacrifice by the heroine (Margaret Sullivan) that transcended the entire story."

The point is, this film isn't set in the modern age. There's no sense judging this or any other movie set in another era by today's standards. At the time this story took place, divorce wasn't common. In fact, it was still considered scandalous. Many women put up with unhappy, even abusive marriages, rather than incur the wrath of society that a divorce would have brought upon them. Also, regardless of what her career prospects may have been, a man's career always took precedence. There's no way that he would have sacrificed his family and his career in order to divorce his wife and marry his mistress. There's no way she would have asked him to. This was made very clear in a conversation that took place between them.

When you watch a movie set in another time you need to keep in mind that the rules that governed society are most likely far different than the ones we have today. You need to judge it by those rules or not at all.


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