Cinema, Also Showing Feb. 24, 1941

Back Street (Universal), last done in 1932, is noted in the trade press as a "four-handkerchief" movie. Fannie Hurst's dreary, solemn story of a woman's lifelong devotion to her lover succeeds in proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the lot of an unmarried wife is hard and lonely.

Ray Smith (in the pre-Hitler version her name was Schmidt) is a small-town girl who misses marrying her man when she misses a rendezvous, later sets up housekeeping with him in Manhattan. Brown-haired, flop-eared Margaret Sullavan plays Ray with pixy charm almost to exhaustion....

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