Scarlet Street (1945)




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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.
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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
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Opo Lejon
Charles Kemper
as Patcheye
Russell Hicks
as Hogarth
Lou Lubin
as Tiny
Anita Bolster
as Mrs. Michaels
Cy Kendall
as Nick
Fred Essler
as Marchetti
Lee Phelps
as Policeman
Matt Willis
as Policeman
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
William Hall
as Policeman
Ralph Dunn
as Policeman
Rodney Bell
as Barney
Tom Dillon
as Policemen
Joan Barton
as Hurdy Gurdy Man
Chuck Hamilton
as Chauffeur
Thomas P. Dillon
as Policeman
Gus Glassmire
as Employee
Sherry Hall
as Employee
Howard Mitchell
as Employee
Henri DeSoto
as Waiter
Jack Statham
as Employee
Milton Kibbee
as Saunders
Milt Kibbee
as Saunders
Tom Daly
as Penny
George Meader
as Holliday
John Barton
as Hurdy Gurdy Man
Emmett Vogan
as Prosecution Attorney
Horace Murphy
as Milkman
Will Wright
as Loan Officer Manager
Syd Saylor
as Crocker
Dewey Robinson
as Derelict
Fritz Leiber
as Evangelist
Dick Wessel
as 2nd Detective
Dick Curtis
as 3rd Detective
Joe Devlin
as Williams
George Lloyd
as Conway
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
Beatrice Roberts
as Secretary
Byron Foulger
as Apartment House Manager Jones
Sid Saylor
as Tom Crocker
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Critic Reviews for Scarlet Street

All Critics (13)

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 17, 2009
Classic Film and Television

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

Full Review… | December 30, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | February 12, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Interesting film noir.

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

They seldom get any darker than this.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
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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.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
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!

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
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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