Back Street Overview:

Back Street (1941) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Bruce Manning.


This tragic period romance jerks the tears with Sullavan as the devoted lover of the man fate refuses to give her, Walter Saxel (Boyer). After bad timing ends their first affair Boyer marries another woman overseas (O'Day), unaware that Sullivan has remained faithful. When he returns he realizes his mistake. Sullavan rejects her kind suitor (Carlson), preferring nothing at all to the wrong man.

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Academy Awards 1961 --- Ceremony Number 34 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - ScoringFrank SkinnerNominated
Best Costume DesignJean LouisNominated

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Back Street (1932): Irene Dunne and Director John Stahl

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 20, 2021 From 4 Star Films

“There’s not one woman in a million who has ever found happiness in the back streets of any man’s life.” John M. Stahl is a bit of a neglected craftsman, even by me. Like others, I became aware of him solely for Leave Her to Heaven, a noirish technicolor melodrama positively ... Read full article

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Alfred Hitchcock was considered for directing this film.
Two of Barney Oldfield's racing cars was in the Vanderbilt Cup sequence: a 1909 six-cylinder Stearns, and a 1912 four-cylinder, sixteen-valve Prince Henry Benz.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 21, 1943 with Charles Boyer reprising his film role.
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