Back Door to Heaven

Back Door to Heaven

Director: William Howard Cast: Wallace Ford, Aline MacMahon, Stuart Erwin



William K. Howard, a once-prestigious director fallen on hard times in 1939, proved that he still had the "right stuff" with the modest tearjerker Back Door to Heaven. Wallace Ford stars as Frankie, a pugnacious drifter stigmatized by his reform-school upbringing. Frankie and his former "classmate" Jud (Stu Erwin) try to go straight, but get mixed up in a robbery, during which a man is killed. Though not responsible for the murder, it is Frankie who is railroaded to the death house. Nonetheless, he manages to bust out -- just in time for his grammar school class reunion, presided over by teacher Miss Williams (Aline MacMahon), the only person who ever tried to give Frankie a break. Despite severe storytelling shortcomings and gaping logic holes, director Howard managed to make a silk purse out of the critically acclaimed Back Door to Heaven. However, what may once have been social realism, now seems more like a sentimental, mawkish melodrama.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2004
UPC: 0089218457295
Original Release: 1939
Rating: NR
Source: Alpha Video
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:23:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Wallace Ford Frankie (adult)
Aline MacMahon Miss Williams
Stuart Erwin Jud
Patricia Ellis Carol Evans (adult)
Bert Frohman Bert "Mouse" Gatto
Jimmy Lydon Frankie as a Boy
Jane Seymour Mrs. Rogers
Kenneth Le Roy Bob Hale
William Harrigan Mr. Rogers
Raymond Roe John Shelley
Robert Wildhack Rudolph Herzing
Van Heflin John Shelley (adult)
Helen Christian Mrs. Smith
Robert Vivian George Spelvin
Hugh Cameron Penitentiary Warden
Iris Adrian Sugar
Georgette Harvey Mrs. Hamilton
William Redfield Charley Smith
George Lewis Bob Hale
William Howard Prosecuting Attorney

Technical Credits
William Howard Director,Producer,Screenwriter
John Bright Screenwriter
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
Jack Murray Editor
Robert Tasker Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [1:22]
2. Chapter 2 [12:56]
3. Chapter 3 [13:59]
4. Chapter 4 [11:33]
5. Chapter 5 [17:05]
6. Chapter 6 [15:55]

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Back Door to Heaven 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!