Scarlet Street (1945)




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In this film, cashier Edward G. Robinson celebrates his 20th anniversary with his firm by overindulging. Weaving his way home, Robinson rescues Joan Bennett from being assaulted. A weekend painter, Robinson leads Bennett to believe that he is a famous artist. She then contrives to exploit Robinson's innate artistic skills.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Georges de La Fouchardière, André Mouézy-Éon, Dudley Nichols
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 19, 2002
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as Johnny Prince

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as Janeway

as Dellarowe

as Charles Pringle

as Opo Lejon

as Patcheye

as Hogarth

as Mrs. Michaels

as Nick

as Marchetti

as Policeman

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as Barney

as Chauffeur

as Hurdy Gurdy Man

as Employee

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as Saunders

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as Penny

as Holliday

as Hurdy Gurdy Man

as Prosecution Attorney

as Milkman

as Loan Officer Manager

as Crocker

as Evangelist

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as Williams

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Critic Reviews for Scarlet Street

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 26, 2008
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


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


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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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