Irene Dunne is absolutely effervescent in the first version of Back Street by Fannie Hurst.
Directed by John Stahl, this is one of his four movies on the Criterion Channel this month. The last fifteen minutes cannot be watched dry-eyed. Dunne never got an Oscar and yet made so many terrific movies and was by all accounts a good woman who lived outside Hollywood Babylon. Also love her in Love Affair, My Favorite Wife, The Awful Truth and I Remember Mama, among many many others.