Scarlet Street

1945, Crime/Drama, 1h 46m

17 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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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.

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  • Nov 12, 2020
    I bet that Rod Serling was influenced by this dark, psychological noir by Fritz Lang. As the plot unravels the picture takes on a Twilight Zone feel. Additionally, Lang's German Expressionism is on full display by the film's last reel. Edward G. Robinson always amazes me with the breadth of his talent. Dan Duryea is his typically slimy self. And, Joan Bennett practically steals the picture.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • 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

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