Back Street 60 years old

Back Street

Ambitious but thwarted, Rae Smith meets handsome Marine Paul Saxon, (of the Saxon department store chain), as he passes through Lincoln, Nebraska, on his way home from World War II. There's a definite spark between them but circumstances intervene and he leaves town without her. Later she learns he's married. Determined to make it as a fashion designer, Rae moves to New York and becomes a great success. 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. 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. 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.

Credits

Back Street Cast

Name Character
Reginald Gardiner He was 58, 77 years old when he died as Dalian
John Gavin He was 30, 86 years old when he died as Paul Saxon
Susan Hayward She was 44, 57 years old when she died as Rae Smith
Hayden Rorke He was 50, 76 years old when he died as Charley Claypole
Vera Miles She was 31, now 92 years old as Liz Saxon
Virginia Grey She was 44, 87 years old when she died as Janey nee Smith
Charles Drake He was 44, 76 years old when he died as Curt Stanton
Natalie Schafer She was 60, 90 years old when she died as Mrs. Evans
Alex Gerry He was 57, 88 years old when he died as Mr. Venner
Robert Eyer He was 13, 57 years old when he died as Paul Saxon Jr.
Joseph Mell He was 46, 62 years old when he died as Proprietor
Tammy Marihugh She was 9, now 70 years old as Caroline
Karen Norris She was 34, 69 years old when she died as Mrs. Penworth
Doreen McLean as Miss Hatfield
Mary Lawrence (actress) She was 43, 73 years old when she died as Marge Claypole

Back Street Crew

Name Department
Milton Carruth as Editor. He was 62 (73) years old when He died Editing
Alexander Golitzen as Art Direction. He was 53 (97) years old when He died Art
Frank Skinner as Original Music Composer. He was 63 (70) years old when He died Sound
Eleanore Griffin as Screenplay. She was 57 (91) years old when She died Writing
David Miller as Director. He was 51 (82) years old when He died Directing
William Ludwig as Screenplay. He was 49 (86) years old when He died Writing
Fannie Hurst as Novel. She was 71 (78) years old when She died Writing
Back Street poster
Back Street (60 years)

  • Release day: Wednesday, October 11, 1961
  • Runtime: 107 minutes