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One 'Street' over

November 03, 2002

In David Thomson's article on the homage paid to so-called women's pictures by "Far From Heaven" ("Back to the Days of Subversive Innocence," Oct. 27), he cites the two early versions of "Back Street" with Irene Dunne and Margaret Sullavan. But given the case he makes for the high-gloss, Technicolor films of Douglas Sirk, wouldn't it have made more sense to have also included the 1961 version of this Fannie Hurst story that starred Susan Hayward at her most long-suffering best, with a wardrobe by Jean Louis? This David Miller-directed remake was produced by the same Ross Hunter who produced the Sirk movies.

Jim Pinkston

Los Angeles

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