Back Pay (1930 film)

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Back Pay
Back Pay 1930 Poster.jpg
Directed by William A. Seiter
Produced by Walter Morosco
William A. Seiter
Screenplay by Francis Edward Faragoh
Story by Fannie Hurst
Starring Corinne Griffith
Grant Withers
Music by Cecil Copping
Alois Reiser
Cinematography John F. Seitz
Edited by Ray Curtiss
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • June 1, 1930 (1930-06-01) (United States)
Running time
57 mins.
Country United States
Language English

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.[1] [2]


Hester Bevins is tired of life 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 travelling 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 home town. She decides to visit her old hometown. 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


Back Pay has been preserved in the Library of Congress.[3] The film has been shown on television and cable. Back Pay was released on DVD by the Warner Archive Collection in Spring 2012.


  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:..Back Pay
  3. ^ 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

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