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Back Street Details


Charles Boyer and Margaret Sullavan star in this adaptation of Fannie Hurst's tearjerking novel about a woman who chooses to stand beside a man who cannot marry her. Rae (Margaret Sullavan) is a woman from Ohio who meets a dashing gentleman from out of town, Walter (Charles Boyer). They soon fall for each other, but he's due to leave town shortly. As he's about to leave, he calls her from the ship with a question: there's a minister on board who can marry them. Will she join him? As she dashes to the docks, she meets an old flame, and the delay causes her to miss the boat. Five years later, Rae is in New York City and unexpectedly runs into Walter; assuming that she left him behind intentionally, he married another woman. When he realizes that she still loves him, they begin an affair. Rae is content to live her life as "the other woman" until Walter travels to Europe and neglects to call her when he returns; convinced that their romance is over, Rae goes back to Ohio and agrees to marry Curt (Richard Carlson), who loved her long ago. When Walter discovers that Rae has gone back home, he races to Ohio to reclaim her hand. This was the second film version of Back Street, following a 1932 adaptation starring Irene Dunne and John Boles and preceding a 1961 remake with Susan Hayward and John Gavin. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Louis Best Costume Design 1941 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Skinner Best Dramatic Score 1941 Nominee


Charles Boyer
as Walter Saxel
Margaret Sullavan
as Ray Smith
Richard Carlson
as Curt Stanton
Frank McHugh
as Ed Porter
Tim Holt
as Richard Saxel
Esther Dale
as Mrs. Smith
Frank Jenks
as Harry Niles
Samuel S. Hinds
as Felix Darren
Nell O'Day
as Elizabeth Saxel
Kitty O'Neil
as Mrs. Dilling
Nella Walker
as Corinne Saxel
Cecil Cunningham
as Mrs. Miller
Marjorie Gateson
as Mrs. Adams
Dale Winter
as Miss Evans
Peggy Stewart
as Freda Smith
Walter Catlett
as Bakeless
Dorothy Granger
as Bit
Peggy Stewart
as Freda Smith
Walter Catlett
as Bakeless


Robert Stevenson
Bruce Manning
Bruce Manning
Fannie Hurst
Book Author
Felix Jackson
William H. Daniels
Frank Skinner
Composer (Music Score)
Ted Kent