Back Street (1932): John Stahl’s Melodrama Starring Irene Dunne and John Boles


The first version of Fannie Hurst’s best-selling novel is directed by John Stahl and stars Irene Dunne and John Boles.
The second version, in 1941, was directed by Robert Stevenson, and adapted to the big screen by Bruce Manning and Felix Jackson.
Adapted to the screen by Gladys Lehman and Lynn Starling, it tells the story of Ray Smith (Dunne), a woman who remains committed to her lover, the married Walter Saxel (Boles), who can’t get a divorce or else it would ruin his career.
Hurst’s potboiler again was filmed in 1961, with Susan Hayward and John Gavin in the leads.
The 1961 version was Oscar-nominated for Jean Louis’ costume design
Release date: August 29, 1932