Scarlet Street

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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
Anita Bolster
as Mrs. Michaels
Fred Essler
as Marchetti
Lee Phelps
as Policeman
Matt Willis
as Policeman
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
William Hall
as Policeman
Ralph Dunn
as Policeman
Tom Dillon
as Policemen
Chuck Hamilton
as Chauffeur
Joan Barton
as Hurdy Gurdy Man
Gus Glassmire
as Employee
Sherry Hall
as Employee
Jack Statham
as Employee
Milton Kibbee
as Saunders
Tom Daly
as Penny
George Meader
as Holliday
John Barton
as Hurdy Gurdy Man
Emmett Vogan
as Prosecution Attorney
Will Wright
as Loan Officer Manager
Syd Saylor
as Crocker
Fritz Leiber
as Evangelist
Dick Wessel
as 2nd Detective
Dick Curtis
as 3rd Detective
Joe Devlin
as Williams
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
Byron Foulger
as Apartment House Manager Jones
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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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