|A beautiful couple . . .|
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John Gavin and Susan Hayward make a stunning couple in the third version of Back Street. They are so wonderful to look at that even if the film didn't have a plot, it would be alright because then you wouldn't have to worry about keeping up with anything except looking at the two star leads. However, at the same time, casting John Gavin as Susan Hayward's love interest, Paul Saxon, in itself is strange casting if you consider the fact that at the time Susan was forty-four-years-old to Gavin's thirty, and that he was also over a head foot taller than she. Ah, but who cares? One, Susan hardly looks like she's forty-four, and Gavin fits very nicely into the whole "tall, dark, and handsome" genre that it hardly matters that she was fourteen-years-older than he was, and he over a head foot taller than her.
I haven't seen the two previous versions of this movie with John Boles and Irene Dunne being in the first, and Charles Boyer and Margaret Sullavan, but I honestly don't see how I could possibly like those two versions better than I do this one.
|Psst! Do you think he likes what he sees?|
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So, why is that we accept it in the films, but not in the real world? Okay, I'm done thinking (you can relax Einstein).
|Let the heartbreaking begin . . . |
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I read a comment on youtube by a user who said that this is the "chick-flick to end all chick-flicks", and she (or he, I'm not sure) is right. Nonetheless, it shouldn't send femenists or men running for the hills. All around, it's a fine, entertaining picture, I give it a 3/4 stars.
And to end my Susan Hayward, Star of the Month tribute, I'm going to leave you with a friend's fine tribute to Susan (whom happens to be his favorite actress).