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Scarlet Street (1945)




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In this powerful film noir, a lonely cashier who is an amateur painter lets a beautiful woman believe that he is a wealthy artist. She uses him badly, pretending that his paintings are her creations. But when he finds her in the arms of her con-man lover, violence erupts.

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Edward G. Robinson
as Christopher Cross
Joan Bennett
as Kitty March
Dan Duryea
as Johnny Prince
Margaret Lindsay
as Millie Ray
Rosalind Ivan
as Adele Cross
Jess Barker
as Janeway
Arthur Loft
as Dellarowe
Samuel S. Hinds
as Charles Pringle
Anita Bolster
as Mrs. Michaels
Fred Essler
as Marchetti
Lee Phelps
as Policeman
Matt Willis
as Policeman
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
William Hall
as Policeman
Ralph Dunn
as Policeman
Tom Dillon
as Policemen
Chuck Hamilton
as Chauffeur
Joan Barton
as Hurdy Gurdy Man
Gus Glassmire
as Employee
Sherry Hall
as Employee
Jack Statham
as Employee
Milton Kibbee
as Saunders
Tom Daly
as Penny
George Meader
as Holliday
John Barton
as Hurdy Gurdy Man
Emmett Vogan
as Prosecution Attorney
Will Wright
as Loan Officer Manager
Syd Saylor
as Crocker
Fritz Leiber
as Evangelist
Dick Wessel
as 2nd Detective
Dick Curtis
as 3rd Detective
Joe Devlin
as Williams
Edward Keane
as Detective
Boyd Irwin
as Critic
Thomas E. Jackson
as Chief of Detectives
Dick Cramer
as Principal Keeper
Kerry Vaughn
as Blonde Girl
Byron Foulger
as Apartment House Manager Jones
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Critic Reviews for Scarlet Street

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2)

You can be assured that Mr. Robinson, Miss Bennett and Mr. Duryea give their best melodramatic efforts to this study of crime and its sure punishment.

December 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Miss Bennett matches her previous excellent acting as the hard and brittle damsel with a penchant for maribou trimmed negligees, trashy literature and easy living.

January 4, 2022 | Full Review…

Quite hilariously, loud mouths, circumstantial evidence, misplaced fame, moralistic conundrums, and inescapable guilt ensure that everyone will get what's coming to them.

August 14, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Lesser known perhaps but no less accomplished than some of [Lang's] more famous works.

August 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A film noir so potent for its time that it was banned in Atlanta, Milwaukee and the entire state of New York.

April 25, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Powerful film noir, of a poor clerk lured into a tragic love story.

July 18, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scarlet Street


Eddie G., this time as a schmuck living a life of quiet desperation until he meets the girl of his dreams (Joan Bennett), only she isn't. She's in love with the man of her dreams (Dan Duryea), only he isn't. It's a movie, only it isn't, it's like real life ... or noir. Fritz Lang with a work that'll make you uncomfortably nervous as the only one who gets what they want onscreen is the least deserving. Yikes.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The plot is certainly fascinating, but the film does suffer from some over acting. The dark twist at the end perhaps could have been handled better. Overall an admirable work of film noir.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Never have I encountered a film that involves a painter, where I actually cared so much about what happened to him. I felt terrible every time he was lured into another trap. This film revolves around the life of a cashier as he paints for fun on the side. His dream is to eventually sell his paintings, but can never find anyone to purchase them. As this married man becomes emotionally involved in another woman, she lies in order to steal the paintings to sell for herself. He finds out and actually thanks her. He falls into every trap known to man, and in the end, you will truly feel sympathy for his actions. This beautiful "film noir" definitely deserves a ranking among the top of it's kind. With great acting, truly emotional storytelling, amazing transitions and shots, "Scarlet Street" (although very slow moving and dated) is a brilliant example of the classical paradigm. I absolutely loved this film!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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