Back Street

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  • TV-PG
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1941
  • Running time: 89 min
Back Street , one of the most popular and endearing love stories of all-time, has been brought to the silver screen several times over the years. Based on the bestselling novel by Fannie Hurst ( Imitation of Life ), Back Street is a quintessential... read more

Back Street , one of the most popular and endearing love stories of all-time, has been brought to the silver screen several times over the years. Based on the bestselling novel by Fannie Hurst ( Imitation of Life ), Back Street is a quintessential tearjerker in which a couple meets and falls in love but is unable to marry due to impossible circumstances. However, despite their situation, they carry on a lifelong illicit affair until tragedy strikes. The 1941 version of Back Street , directed by Robert Stevenson ( Mary Poppins ), stars Margaret Sullavan and Charles Boyer with vivid supporting roles by Richard Carlson, Frank McHugh and Tim Holt. Variety deemed the effort "a class A production" that packs a "hefty dramatic punch" with a 1942 Academy Award® nominated score by Frank Skinner.

Original Release

02/07/1941

US Release

02/07/1941

Cast

Charles Boyer Walter Saxel / Walter Louis Saxel
Margaret Sullavan Ray Smith
Richard Carlson Curt Stanton
Frank McHugh Ed Porter
Tim Holt Richard Saxel
Frank Jenks Harry Niles
Esther Dale Mrs. Smith
Peggy Stewart Fredda Smith / Freda Smith
Samuel S. Hinds Felix Darren
Nell O'Day Elizabeth Saxel
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Robert Stevenson

Writers

Bruce Manning, Felix Jackson, Fannie Hurst

Cast

Charles Boyer Walter Saxel / Walter Louis Saxel
Margaret Sullavan Ray Smith
Richard Carlson Curt Stanton
Frank McHugh Ed Porter
Tim Holt Richard Saxel
Frank Jenks Harry Niles
Esther Dale Mrs. Smith
Peggy Stewart Fredda Smith / Freda Smith
Samuel S. Hinds Felix Darren
Nell O'Day Elizabeth Saxel
Nella Walker Corinne Saxel
Cecil Cunningham Mrs. Miller
Irving Bacon Ticket seller / Skeet
Howard Hickman Williams / Mr. Williams
Mary Forbes Mrs. Williams
Charles Lane Reporter for Associated News / Blake
Joseph Crehan Postman
Dick Elliott
Ludwig Stössel Louis / Louis - the Waiter
Selmer Jackson Arthur the butler / Arthur

Producers

Editors

Ted J. Kent

1942 Oscar Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture Nominated
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