Back Pay (1930 film)
Back Pay is a 1930 American Pre-Code drama film with songs, produced and distributed by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., and starring Corinne Griffith and Grant Withers. It is based on a short story by Fannie Hurst. It is a remake of a 1922 silent film Back Pay that starred Seena Owen.
|Directed by||William A. Seiter|
|Screenplay by||Francis Edward Faragoh|
|Story by||Fannie Hurst|
|Produced by||Walter Morosco|
William A. Seiter
|Cinematography||John F. Seitz|
|Edited by||Ray Curtiss|
|Music by||Cecil Copping|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
Hester Bevins is tired of living in the small town where she has lived all her life. Although she has a boyfriend, Gerald Smith, who is in love with her, she deserts him and takes a train to New York with a traveling salesman. Bevins meets a rich older man, Charles Wheeler, who provides her with all the luxuries she wants in return for being his girlfriend. One day, Bevins' friends invite her on a motor trip to Hot Springs, which is about thirty miles from her old hometown, which she decides to visit.
She encounters Smith, who, thinking that she is still single and has a job in the city, proposes marriage, but she refuses saying that it is now impossible. Disillusioned, he signs up for the war and ends up being gassed, suffering lung damage and blindness. When the news reaches Bevins, she immediately goes to see him and attempts to nurse him back to health. When the doctor tells her that Smith has only a short time left to live, Bevins asks Wheeler's permission to marry Smith before he dies. She finds peace and happiness in her brief relationship with Smith. After Smith dies in her arms, Bevins decides to end her sordid relationship with Wheeler and return to working for a living.
- "They Didn't Believe Me" [music and lyrics by Jerome Kern] Sung by Corrine Griffith
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
- The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..Back Pay
- Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress (<-book title) by The American Film Institute, c. 1978