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Back Street (1961)

 -  Drama  -  12 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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Rae Smith: Do you know the worst part? He was trying to seduce me with champagne - domestic champagne.
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Fannie Hurst's #2 classic of all time!
25 November 2003 | by (Cerritos, CA.) – See all my reviews

If you were ever going to have an affair with a married man this is one of the most ideal! This tear-jerker will have you watching it again and again, it's truly a shame that the AMC and TCM channels claim they show the classics and never get around to air this one, which stars Susan Hayward and John Gavin at the height of their early movie careers. One of the All-time classic romance stories!


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