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      Back Street

      Released Oct 11, 1961 1h 29m Drama List
      80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews In turn-of-the-century Cincinnati, vibrant shop girl Ray Smith (Margaret Sullavan) falls in love with banker Walter Saxel (Charles Boyer), who is engaged to a socially prominent woman. Inadvertently prevented from running away with Walter, Ray remains single but reunites with him five years later. Despite Walter being married and having a son, Ray becomes his mistress, and over the years suffers social ostracism and long stretches of solitude while waiting for their brief interludes together. Read More Read Less

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      Don Q. Cine-Mundial The comedy is entertaining. [Full Review in Spanish] Oct 2, 2023 Full Review George Orwell Time and Tide Whether one prefers Kitty Foyle or Back Street will perhaps depend on one’s feelings about the sanctity of marriage, but on the whole the dialogue and background of Back Street are better than in the other film. Oct 2, 2023 Full Review Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network Sullavan allegedly was so eager for Boyer to co-star that she agreed to take second billing a smart move, because every time the commanding actor is onscreen, the film comes to life. Rated: C Apr 1, 2022 Full Review TV Guide Staff TV Guide Fine performances by Charles Boyer and Margaret Sullavan distinguish Fannie Hurst's story about an illicit but enduring love affair. Sep 11, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com The second and best of the three Hollywood versions of Fannie Hurst's popular novel, largely due to the superlative acting of Margaret Sullavan and Charles Boyer Rated: A Jan 8, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In turn-of-the-century Cincinnati, vibrant shop girl Ray Smith (Margaret Sullavan) falls in love with banker Walter Saxel (Charles Boyer), who is engaged to a socially prominent woman. Inadvertently prevented from running away with Walter, Ray remains single but reunites with him five years later. Despite Walter being married and having a son, Ray becomes his mistress, and over the years suffers social ostracism and long stretches of solitude while waiting for their brief interludes together.
      Director
      Robert Stevenson
      Producer
      Frank Shaw
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures
      Production Co
      Universal/Universal Int
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 11, 1961, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Mar 16, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 29m