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Back Street (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 12 October 1961 (USA)
In Lincoln, the ambitious aspirant-designer Rae Smith has an incident with a wolf department store businessman and is rescued by the Marine Paul Saxon. They immediately fall in love with ... See full summary »

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Curt Stanton
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Janey nee Smith
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Dalian
Tammy Marihugh ...
Caroline
Robert Eyer ...
Paul Saxon Jr.
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Mrs. Evans
Doreen McLean ...
Miss Hatfield
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Karen Norris ...
Mrs. Penworth
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Charley Claypole
Mary Lawrence ...
Marge Claypole
Joseph Cronin ...
Airport Clerk
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In Lincoln, the ambitious aspirant-designer Rae Smith has an incident with a wolf department store businessman and is rescued by the Marine Paul Saxon. They immediately fall in love with each other and spend the night together. On the next morning, Paul needs to return to Chicago and calls Rae to go with him. However she misses the plane and Paul travels alone. Soon she learns that he is married with children and she is convinced by her sister to move to New York where she succeeds in the fashion world. Paul, who owns a department store chain, stumbles upon her on the street and their love is rekindled. However, Rae decides to leave New York and her boss and partner convinces her to open a store in Rome. Some time later, they meet each other again and Rae learn that Paul is indeed unhappily married with the alcoholic Liz Saxon. They have a love affair and Paul buys a country house at the countryside of France where they spend their leisure time together. But their lives shatter when ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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She Shut Her Eyes to Shame...When She Opened Her Heart to Love!

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John Gavin and Vera Miles play husband and wife in this film, however, it marks their reunion just one year after playing Janet Leigh's boyfriend and sister, respectively, in Alfred Hitchock's iconic thriller, "Psycho". See more »

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Mr. Venner: I've been looking forward to seeing you.
Rae Smith: But then why don't you turn on the lights? I don't glow in the dark you know.
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Melodramatic Soap-Opera and Tour
26 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

In Lincoln, the ambitious aspirant-designer Rae Smith (Susan Hayward) has an incident with a wolf department store businessman and is rescued by the Marine Paul Saxon (John Gavin). They immediately fall in love with each other and spend the night together. On the next morning, Paul needs to return to Chicago and calls Rae to go with him. However she misses the plane and Paul travels alone. Soon she learns that he is married with children and she is convinced by her sister to move to New York where she succeeds in the fashion world. Paul, who owns a department store chain, stumbles upon her on the street and their love is rekindled. However, Rae decides to leave New York and her boss and partner convinces her to open a store in Rome. Some time later, they meet each other again and Rae learn that Paul is indeed unhappily married with the alcoholic Liz Saxon (Vera Miles). They have a love affair and Paul buys a country house at the countryside of France where they spend their leisure time together. But their lives shatter when Paul's son discovers their love affair.

"Back Street" is a film with a melodramatic storyline that looks like a soap-opera with a tour through Lincoln, New York, Rome, Paris and the fashion world in beautiful sets and costume designs. Susan Hayward, seventeen years older than John Gavin, is his romantic pair in this tragic love story, but she is a great actress and convinces in the role of Rae. The cinematography, art direction, set decoration are amazing and the conclusion is decent. However is recommended for specific audiences. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Esquina do Pecado" ("Corner of the Sin")


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