Scarlet Street

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Cashier and part-time starving artist Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is absolutely smitten with the beautiful Kitty March (Joan Bennett). Kitty plays along, but she's really only interested in Johnny (Dan Duryea), a two-bit crook. When Kitty and Dan find out that art dealers are interested in Chris' work, they con him into letting Kitty take credit for the paintings. Cross allows it because he is in love with Kitty, but his love will only let her get away with so much.

Cast & Crew

Edward G. Robinson
Christopher Cross
Joan Bennett
Kitty March
Dan Duryea
Johnny Prince
Rosalind Ivan
Adele Cross
Samuel S. Hinds
Charles Pringle
Charles Kemper
Patch-eye Higgins
Georges de la Fouchardière
Writer (Novel)
Andre Mouézy-Éon
Writer (Play)
Walter Wanger
Executive Producer
Hans J. Salter
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Critic Reviews for Scarlet Street

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Audience Reviews for Scarlet Street

  • Aug 10, 2018
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2014
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 20, 2012
    Less of a film noir than it is a drama centered on morals, "Scarlet Street" is unexpectedly mature and surprisingly bleak for its time period, delivering its message with a finale so ironic you're sure to grin. Edward G. Robinson is easy to sympathize with as the film's protagonist, while Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea (in a great performance!) act as the villains. It's easy to tell that "Scarlet Street" is the work of a master director when observing its handsome camerawork, well-executed scenes and consistently even tone. It's gripping, thrilling and as much of a classic as you could possibly ask for. There may be moments that feel slightly contrived, but "Scarlet Street" is one of the most effective dramas I've seen in a long, long time.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2012
    Melodrama at it's best. Fritz Lang is officially one of my favorite directors. My eyes where glued to the screen the entire time. What I really liked about the acting was the over the top emotion the characters gave. I guess it was okay to overact considering that this film features situations in which people would get emotional. I really liked the direction. I have noticed that I prefer direction style of the classics. I preferred the way the handled the camera back then. This featured some good production values. The think I really like about film noir is the art direction. Especially the costume design. Especially the costumes for the women. The best part about this is the writing. Very well thought out story. It was totally unpredictable. This is officially one of my favorites.
    Eduardo T Super Reviewer

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