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. His Jewish wife and children, his success. I read it last week, and am now reading it again. There's a definite spark between them but circumstances intervene and he leaves town without her. The book is a fab. Back Street 1961 About book: I have yet to see the film, I am not sure if I want to I do. This third film version of the lachrymose Fannie Hurst novel Back Street stars Susan Hayward as Rae Smith the role previously essayed by Irene Dunne in 1932 and Margaret Sullavan in 1941.
Her first, unhappy marriage to actor Jess Barker ended in a messy divorce and her suicide attempt. On the next morning, Paul needs to return to Chicago and calls Rae to go with him. What little adulation she got from the world she earned through her work, a career that began in 1939 as a scrappy starlet auditioning for Gone with the Wind and reached its apex with an Oscar® win for I Want to Live! Things were improving for Hayward on the home front, too. Susan Hayward: Portrait Of A Survivor. His sudden death leaves Ray elderly and alone with no way to support her self; she had always used her impeccable style to get by.
Later she learns he's married. He finds her yet again, and this time she cannot run away from her feelings. Determined to make it as a fashion designer, Rae moves to New York and becomes a great success. They have a love affair and Paul buys a country house at the countryside of France where they spend their leisure time together. However, despite their situation, they carry on a lifelong illicit affair until tragedy strikes. LaGuardia, Robert and Gene Arceri Red: The Tempestuous Life Of Susan Hayward.
In both earlier films, Rae Smith sacrifices 28 years of her life to her married lover, who can never get a divorce and who compels Rae to squirrel herself away in a shabby back-street apartment. However she misses the plane and Paul travels alone. To round out the cast, Hunter selected John Gavin to play opposite Hayward - an unusual choice, since the swarthy Gavin was 30 years old to Hayward's 44, and towered over her by a foot. Directed by David Miller Written by Eleanore Griffin,Fannie Hurst Starring: Susan Hayward,John Gavin,Vera Miles. Susan Hayward lived 40 years without getting the love she needed. Miles was mousy in an overcoat the last time she and Gavin appeared on screen together, but here she flexes her considerable sex appeal as the evil, alcoholic shrew who won't take her hooks out of Hayward's lover. They immediately fall in love with each other and spend the night together.
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. Evans , Doreen McLean Miss Hatfield. Determined to make it as a fashion designer, Rae moves to New York and becomes a great success. After a fight, the two are separated. But their lives shatter when Paul's son discovers their love affair. One day she happens to meet Paul again and again there's that spark but he's still married so, as a form of escape, Rae moves to Rome to set up shop. Directed by David Miller Midnight Lace , this emotional remake garnered 1962 Academy Award® forBest Costume Design.
Time passes, the affair continues whenever time and place permit, but then, Paul's young son finds out about Rae and Rae's back-street world begins to crumble. . Back Street premiered in October 1961 and was an immediate box office hit, even though the critics weren't impressed. Its plot inconsistencies and logic lapses notwithstanding, Back Street proved to be another hit for producer Ross Hunter. Time passes, the affair continues whenever time and place permit, but then, Paul's young son finds out about Rae and Rae's back-street world begins to crumble. One day she happens to meet Paul again and again there's that spark but he's still married so, as a form of escape, Rae moves to Rome to set up shop. All this time, Ray is kept, with no income other than the dollars he leaves in the Bisque figurine on the table.
However, Rae decides to leave New York and her boss and partner convinces her to open a store in Rome. Some time later, they meet each other again and Rae learn that Paul is indeed unhappily married with the alcoholic Liz Saxon. Determined to make it as a fashion designer, Rae moves to New York and becomes a great success. Like the movies based on Fannie Hurst's other novel Imitation of Life, Back Street was ripe fodder for remakes - once in 1932 with John Boles and Irene Dunne, and in 1941 with Margaret Sullavan and Charles Boyer. Aspiring fashion designer Rae Smith is delighted when young marine Paul Saxon helps her out of a sticky situation. Hunter also cast Vera Miles, Gavin's co-star in the previous year's Psycho 1960 , as the wife in the middle of this ill-fated love triangle.
Once again she meets Paul and finally they begin an actual affair since Paul's shrewish, drunken wife, Liz, won't give him a divorce. Vera Miles makes a meal of her supporting role as Gavin's shrewish, alcoholic wife. Disappointed by the ill-fated romance and the revelation that Paul is married, Rae goes to New York to start her career. Paul, who owns a department store chain, stumbles upon her on the street and their love is rekindled. Since Hunter had previously produced seven features with Hudson, a stint under him may have been part of Gavin's tutelage. Later she learns he's married.
Those editions focused more on the painful reality of being a woman in love with a married man. There's a definite spark between them but circumstances intervene and he leaves town without her. In Lincoln, the ambitious aspirant-designer Rae Smith has an incident with a wolf department store businessman and is rescued by the Marine Paul Saxon. But Gavin was being groomed by Universal as a secondary version of Rock Hudson also a Universal contract player. Her mother rejected her, openly favoring her older sister Florence at every opportunity.
They responded to something genuine in Hayward's performance, in how her eyes light up in every scene with Gavin and how she surrenders ecstatically to a clinch in the grass or brightens at the sound of her lover's voice on the phone. Impossible for any chance to marry; Ray become his lover, a lifetime follows these two. Later she learns he's married. Time passes, the affair continues whenever time and place permit, but then, Paul's young son finds out about Rae and Rae's back-street world begins to crumble. A whirlwind romance follows, but Paul is hesitant to settle down. In contrast, Susan Hayward's Rae Smith is a fiercely independent fashion designer, whose fidelity to the very married John Gavin doesn't retard her livelihood in the least. Whatever reservations she had about the script were overcome by these perks, and she willingly lost 15 pounds on a liquid diet before shooting began.