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Back Street (1961)

 -  Drama  -  11 October 1961 (USA)
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Ambitious but thwarted, Rae Smith meets handsome Marine Paul Saxon, (of the Saxon department store chain), as he passes through Lincoln, Nebraska, on his way home from World War II. There's... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rae Smith
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Paul Saxon
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Liz Saxon
Charles Drake ...
Curt Stanton
Virginia Grey ...
Janey nee Smith
Reginald Gardiner ...
Dalian
Tammy Marihugh ...
Caroline
Robert Eyer ...
Paul Saxon Jr.
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Mrs. Evans
Doreen McLean ...
Miss Hatfield
Alex Gerry ...
Mr. Venner
Karen Norris ...
Mrs. Penworth
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Charley Claypole
Mary Lawrence ...
Marge Claypole
Joseph Cronin ...
Airport Clerk
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Ambitious but thwarted, Rae Smith meets handsome Marine Paul Saxon, (of the Saxon department store chain), as he passes through Lincoln, Nebraska, on his way home from World War II. There's a definite spark between them but circumstances intervene and he leaves town without her. Later she learns he's married. Determined to make it as a fashion designer, Rae moves to New York and becomes a great success. One day she happens to meet Paul again and again there's that spark but he's still married so, as a form of escape, Rae moves to Rome to set up shop. Once again she meets Paul and finally they begin an actual affair since Paul's shrewish, drunken wife, Liz, won't give him a divorce. Time passes, the affair continues whenever time and place permit, but then, Paul's young son finds out about Rae and Rae's back-street world begins to crumble. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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The world premier was in Hollywood at the Warner Theater (later the Pacific Cinerama Theater) at 6433 Hollywood Blvd. A picture postcard was made showing a photograph of the opening night scene of "Back Street". The image with searchlights, cars, and crowds was depicted as a "typical Hollywood scene". See more »

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Paul Saxon: [presenting her with a framed portrait of himself] Do you think you can build a room around that?
Rae Smith: Why not? I've built a life around it.
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Sad but antiquated
5 August 2002 | by (westminster,SC) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie when it was released in 1961 as a freshman in college. Several of us skipped classes and went to the movies. We all sobbed our hearts out at this sad story. Of course, John Gavin was soooo handsome and we all fell in love with him. I was given this as a stocking stuffer for Christmas several years ago as I went through a sort-of other woman thing(he was getting divorced though). Today the movie is rather dated but it still evokes a tear at the end. I consider this a "chick-flick" probably for the older set and not the sophisticated females of today.


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