Back Pay

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Back Pay
Back Pay 1930 Poster.jpg
Directed byWilliam A. Seiter
Produced byWalter Morosco
William A. Seiter
Screenplay byFrancis Edward Faragoh
Story byFannie Hurst
StarringCorinne Griffith
Grant Withers
Music byCecil Copping
Alois Reiser
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Editing byRay Curtiss
StudioFirst National Pictures: A Subsidiary of Warner Bros.
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release dates
  • June 1, 1930 (1930-06-01) (United States)
Running time57 mins.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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Back Pay
Back Pay 1930 Poster.jpg
Directed byWilliam A. Seiter
Produced byWalter Morosco
William A. Seiter
Screenplay byFrancis Edward Faragoh
Story byFannie Hurst
StarringCorinne Griffith
Grant Withers
Music byCecil Copping
Alois Reiser
CinematographyJohn F. Seitz
Editing byRay Curtiss
StudioFirst National Pictures: A Subsidiary of Warner Bros.
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release dates
  • June 1, 1930 (1930-06-01) (United States)
Running time57 mins.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Back Pay is a 1930 an all-talking pre-code American 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 that starred Seena Owen.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

Corrine Griffith is tired of life in the small hick town (named Demopolis) she has lived in all her life. She is tired of working day in and day out at the village department store as a sales clerk. Even though Griffith has a boyfriend, played by Grant Withers, who is in love with her, she deserts him and takes a train to New York with a travelling salesman. Griffith meets a rich older man, played by Montagu Love, who provides her with all the luxuries she wants in return for being his girlfriend. One day Griffith's friends invite her on a motor trip to Hot Springs, which is about thirty miles from Demopolis. Griffith decides to visit her old hometown. She meets Withers, who, thinking that she is still single and has a job in the city, proposes marriage to her but she refuses saying that it is now impossible. Disillusioned, Grant signs up for the war and ends up becoming blind and suffering a lung injury because of poison gas. When the news reaches Griffith, she immediately goes to see him and attempts to nurse him back to health. When the doctor tells her that Withers has only a short time left before he dies, Griffith asks her Love's permission for her to marry Withers before he dies. Griffith finds peace and happiness in her relationship with Withers. After Wither's dies in her arms, Griffith decides to end her sordid relationship with Love and return to working for a living.

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Songs[edit]

Preservation[edit]

Back Pay has been preserved in the Library of Congress.[2] The film has been shown on television and cable. Back Pay was released on DVD by the Warner Archive Collection in Spring 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  2. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress by The American Film Institute, c.1978

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