Back Street 1932 Irene Dunne Pre-Code Drama


Waiting, always waiting, in the shadows of the back streets…longing for the man she loves…asking nothing, receiving nothing yet content to sacrifice all for him. WHY?


Back Street 1932 Irene Dunne John Boles Pre-Code Drama

Stars: Irene Dunne, John Boles, June Clyde

Back Street Story Line. In early 1900’s Cincinnati, young and beautiful Ray Schmidt (Irene Dunne) works in her father’s shop by day and stays out late drinking beer and dancing with various men by night, although her stepmother disapproves. Ray dates for fun, mostly going out with traveling salesmen passing through town, and neither she nor her dates are interested in any permanent attachment. An exception is Kurt Shendler, who owns a bicycle shop near Mr. Schmidt’s shop and aspires to get into the automobile business. Kurt is in love with Ray and asks her to marry him, but she refuses because while she likes Kurt, she doesn’t return his romantic feelings. While visiting the train station with Kurt, Ray meets Walter Saxel (John Boles) and the two fall for each other at first sight.

This is one of Irene Dunne’s finest performances and proves that even a soapbox opera can be engaging when a performance is so real it’s uncanny.

Back Street Tagline: Waiting–always waiting–in the shadows of the back streets…longing for the man she loves…asking nothing, receiving nothing–yet content to sacrifice all for him. WHY?

Product Information

  • Director: John M. Stahl
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Production Co.: Universal Pictures
  • Run time: 93 minutes
  • Sound: Mono
  • Color: Black and White
  • Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC

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Reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R. Packaged in a single DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.

You may also enjoy the Back Street Movie Collection, which includes all three versions of this popular movie.

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Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.5 in




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