Universal knew how to wring the last tear out of an old soggy hankie. This was the third version of BACK STREET, and the only holdover from the 1941 picture was Skinner, who got an Oscar nomination for the music 20 years before. When Ross Hunter gets his manicured nails into something, you
may be certain it's not just a remake; it's a glossy, glitzy, glamorous picture that is long on luxury and often short on story. Susan Hayward (Brooklyn's own Edith Marrener) is the Irene Dunne/Margaret Sullavan character and John Gavin plays the Boles/Boyer part. Vera Miles is third-billed as
Gavin's wife, a shrewish alcoholic who won't give John a divorce. Susan is ten years ol...