Scarlet Street (1945)
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as Christopher Cross
as Kitty March
as Johnny Prince
as Millie Ray
as Adele Cross
as Charles Pringle
as Opo Lejon
as Mrs. Michaels
as Hurdy Gurdy Man
as Hurdy Gurdy Man
as Prosecution Attorney
as Loan Officer Manager
as 2nd Detective
as 3rd Detective
as Chief of Detectives
as Principal Keeper
as Blonde Girl
as Apartment House Manager Jones
Critic Reviews for Scarlet Street
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.
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.
Quite hilariously, loud mouths, circumstantial evidence, misplaced fame, moralistic conundrums, and inescapable guilt ensure that everyone will get what's coming to them.
Lesser known perhaps but no less accomplished than some of [Lang's] more famous works.
A film noir so potent for its time that it was banned in Atlanta, Milwaukee and the entire state of New York.
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.
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.
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!
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