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Back Street (1961)





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In this tear-jerking drama, two star-crossed lovers who are married to other people carry on an affair for more than thirty years. Susan Heyward, John Gavin, and Vera Miles star in this glitzy costumed version helped by models from Harper's Bazaar.


Susan Hayward
as Rae Smith
John Gavin
as Paul Saxon
Vera Miles
as Liz Saxon
Virginia Grey
as Janey nee Smith
Charles Drake
as Curt Stanton
Tammy Marihugh
as Caroline Saxon
Robert Eyer
as Paul Saxon
Natalie Schafer
as Mrs. Evans
Doreen McLean
as Miss Hatfield
Alex Gerry
as Mr. Venner
Karen Norris
as Mrs. Penworth
Hayden Rourke
as Charley Claypole
Hayden Rorke
as Charley Claypole
Mary Lawrence
as Marge Claypole
Joe Cronin
as Airport Clerk
Ted Thorpe
as Hotel Clerk
Joseph Mell
as Proprietor
Dick Kallman
as Sailor at USO
Lilyan Chauvin
as Paris Airport Employee
Richard Eyer
as Paul Saxon Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Back Street

All Critics (2)

It's so delicious bad it's monumental, a masterpiece of nonsense.

June 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The third version of Fannie Hurst's novel, filmed in 1932 and 1941, is the weakest: Susan Hayward may be too old and too tough for the part.

January 25, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Back Street


Lavish but emotionally empty. Susan is always worth watching, Vera Miles is wonderfully malevolent but Gavin is a tree and hurts the picture fatally, if you want to see the story told correctly watch the Margaret Sullavan/Charles Boyer version but if you just want to luxuriate in jewels, furs and beautiful people this one's for you.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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