Sunday, March 29, 2015

"Touching Our Emotions..."

I pulled a post out of the Blogspot Vault from July 2013. Hope you enjoy. Please feel free to share your thoughts on what my grandmother called "tear-jerker movies."


The other night I watched the movie “Back Street,” the 1961 version with Susan Hayward and John Gavin. The premise of the movie is a wealthy – and married – man (John Gavin) has an affair with a single, career-minded woman (Hayward). The couple is truly in love, but the husband has two small children and an alcoholic, self-centered wife (Vera Miles) who tried to commit suicide when he mentioned divorce. The Hayward character is content to be “the other woman.”

In the end, the husband and wife are killed when the car the wife is driving crashes.

The scene that breaks my heart and has me running for the tissues is the very last one. When the two devastated children come to visit a grieving Susan Hayward and tearfully ask if they could visit her from time to time, she gathers them in her arms.

The movie is actually based on a novel written by Fannie Hurst (since I’ve never read the novel, I’m not sure how closely the 1961 version follows the book or earlier movie versions). As I cried my eyes out while Susan Hayward gazed at the grief-stricken children, I imagine an author at her computer typing out this scene and contemplated the power of the written word to touch our emotions.

What about you, readers? Has anyone seen an earlier version of "Back Street?" Are there any movies or books out there that have you crying long after the words, “The End”?

Have a great week, Everyone!


(photo c/o skooterkurt @morgueFile.com)

12 comments:

  1. I have a really hard time watching any movies tied to infidelity, but I do adore films from the 50's and 60's. Specifically musicals. Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly are my faves. The movie that makes me cry no matter how many times I watch it, is also an oldie. "Brian's Song". What a fantastic display of love, friendship, kindness and support. The other is "Philadelphia" with Tom Hanks. I could't believe how he was treated, and the suffering he went through. The great takeaway was Denzel overcoming his prejudice. Great topic! BIG Hugs...

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    1. My favorite Gene Kelly movie is one he made with Frank Sinatra, "Anchors Away." I love the part where Gene Kelly dances with the mouse. Thanks for visiting today, RO!

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  2. I saw Backstreet on TV when I was in my early teens and cried my eyes out at the end! John Gavin was my first crush. One of my favorite more recent tearjerkers is Shakespeare in Love, which oddly enough, is another film about infidelity.

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    1. Aside from "Backstreet" and "Psycho," I remember John Gavin from "Imitation of Life," another movie with a sad ending. Thanks for stopping by, Lois!

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  3. An Affair to Remember, I heard about it first in Sleepless in Seattle movie and decided to watch it. It's so sad when they plan to meet, but the other doesn't show because she's in a car wreck ( I think.) Luckily, it works out.

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    1. My grandmother was a big Cary Grant fan. She used to say he was "dashing." Thanks for visiting, Morgan!

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  4. I saw Back Street years ago. Two tear jerkers, An Affair to Remember, and Saving Private Ryan.

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    1. Yes! "Saving Private Ryan" does tug at the heartstrings. Thanks for sharing, Vicki.

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  5. I didn’t run for tissues on this one, but I laughed through the whole movie, “The Big Wedding,” which got rotten reviews. It was such fun and the young men Topher Grace and Ben Barnes will make excellent heroes in any of my future books.

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    1. Writers never know where they'll get an idea for a book. Thanks, Marion, for stopping by.

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  6. I haven't seen Back Street yet. But I just saw a new movie, Stalingrad. It's Russian but has subtitles, and I cried in many scenes. It's a beautiful movie. Just beautiful.

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    1. A movie with subtitles is just as good as reading a novel. Thanks, Red, for visiting.

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