Scarlet Street (1945) - Rotten Tomatoes

Scarlet Street (1945)

TOMATOMETER

——

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Dudley Nichols, Georges de La Fouchardière, André Mouézy-Éon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2002
Runtime:
Acme DVD Works

Cast

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
Milt Kibbee
as Saunders
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
Rychard Cramer
as Principal Keeper
Kerry Vaughn
as Blonde Girl
Byron Foulger
as Apartment House Mana...
Sid Saylor
as Tom Crocker
Thomas Jackson
as Chief of Detectives
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for Scarlet Street

Critic Reviews for Scarlet Street

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 26, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 25, 2012
Creative Loafing

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

Full Review… | July 18, 2009
Classic Film and Television

Scarlet Street is arguably the darkest of Lang's American films.

Full Review… | December 31, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Scarlet Street

½

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

½

Edward G. Robinson is cast against type as the timid and meek Chris Cross in this truly classic film noir that starts with a chuckle and ends with a wrecking ball straight to the gut.

flixsterman
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Scarlet Street Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Scarlet Street on our Movie forum!