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Back Street

Second picturization of Fannie Hurst's novel - first turned out in 1932 with John Boles and Irene Dunne under direction of John Stahl - retains all of the tear-jerking qualities of the author's original work.

Second picturization of Fannie Hurst’s novel – first turned out in 1932 with John Boles and Irene Dunne under direction of John Stahl – retains all of the tear-jerking qualities of the author’s original work.

Universal has provided a class A production background on which to weave a straightforward and logical drama of a woman’s love and devotion for one man over a span of years – and her complete willingness to remain in the shadowy alleys of his life. Generating strong sympathy for the plight of a woman unable to enjoy the security of marriage, picture carries hefty dramatic punch.

Margaret Sullavan delivers a strong and sympathetic characterization as the most willing victim of love and devotion. Charles Boyer provides a deft and restrained portrayal of the man willing to share his time and affections between wife and mistress. Richard Carlson is seen briefly to advantage as the boyhood sweetheart who rises to become an automotive tycoon and just misses marrying the girl.

Back Street

  • Production: Universal. Director Robert Stevenson; Producer Bruce Manning; Screenplay Bruce Manning, Felix Jackson; Camera William Daniels; Editor Ted Kent; Music Frank Skinner; Art Director Jack Otterson, Richard H. Riedel
  • Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 89 MIN.
  • With: Charles Boyer Margaret Sullavan Richard Carlson Frank McHugh Tim Holt Esther Dale
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