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Scarlet Street (1945)


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Release Date: Dec 28, 1945 Wide



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Masterfully directed by Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street is a bleak film in which an ordinary man succumbs first to vice and then to murder. Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is a lonely man married to a nagging wife. Painting is the only thing that brings him joy. Cross meets Kitty (Joan Bennett) who, believing him to be a famous painter, begins an affair with him. Encouraged by her lover, con man Johnny Prince (Dan Duryea) Kitty persuades Cross to embezzle money from his employer in order to

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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 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

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

July 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

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

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

An uncompromising subversive remake of Jean Renoir's La Chienne (1931).

February 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Interesting film noir.

October 14, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

They seldom get any darker than this.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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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.
July 22, 2014
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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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!
November 11, 2011
KJ Proulx

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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.
March 21, 2011
Randy Tippy

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Robinson gives a fantastic performance in this movie, and the story is so perfectly tragic, I loved it, especially the ending. If you love Robinson or are interested in the movie because of the plot synopsis, check it out.
October 18, 2010

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