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Scarlet Street (1945)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  28 December 1945 (USA)
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When a man in mid-life crisis befriends a young woman, her venal fiancé persuades her to con him out of some of the fortune she thinks he has.



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Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Ivan ...
Jess Barker ...
Charles Kemper ...
Anita Sharp-Bolster ...
Mrs. Michaels (as Anita Bolster)
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Charles Pringle
Vladimir Sokoloff ...
Pop LeJon
Arthur Loft ...
Russell Hicks ...
J.J. Hogarth


Chris Cross, 25 years a cashier, has a gold watch and little else. That rainy night, he rescues delectable Kitty from her abusive boyfriend Johnny. Smitten, amateur painter Chris lets Kitty think he's a wealthy artist. At Johnny's urging, she lets Chris establish her in an apartment (with his shrewish wife's money). There, Chris paints masterpieces; but Johnny sells them under Kitty's name, with disastrous and ironic results. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

28 December 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Almas Perversas  »

Box Office


$1,202,007 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Fritz Lang and the three of the stars (Edward G. Robinson Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea) also made the similarly themed The Woman in the Window (1944). See more »


When Kitty poses for the self portrait, she is standing; the finished portrait shows her sitting. However, perhaps the portrait was not completed in one sitting. See more »


[first lines]
Bank Employees: [singing] For he's a jolly good fellow. For he's a jolly good fellow. For he's a jolly good fellow... which nobody can deny. Which nobody can deny. Which nobody can deny. Which nobody can deny.
[repeat chorus]
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References Metropolis (1927) See more »


For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
Folk song, sung by J. J. Hogarth employees at celebratory banquet
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I thought it good, memorable film noir
22 August 2002 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I have never seen "La Chienne," the movie that others say this is based on. I can only say what of think of this film. I thought this film was interesting and sad, and I have seen it several times and enjoy it every time.

"Kitty" and "Johnny" are con artists who dupe a middle-aged lonely man into loving Kitty, who's a lazy whore. Robinson has a painting hobby that has never gone anywhere, and he criticizes his own work for lacking "perspective." But he's happy to show Kitty his work, pretending he is a successful artist.

I have always liked Edward G. Robinson, in every role I have ever seen him in. In this film, he is married to an old, mean wretch of a woman, his job is really at a bank as a clerk, and when a younger, beautiful Joan Bennett pretends to be in love with him, he does everything he can to keep that love, even if it means going against the law to satisfy her demands for money.

In turn, the woman "Kitty" and her boyfriend, start showing his artwork using her name, and amazingly, she is a sensation. He ultimately finds this out, and even so, only wants her love, and she turns on him harshly, saying she never cared for him, making fun of him, and crushes his heart. He goes berserk, and winds up lonely, haunted by the beauty he thought loved him.

I thought this film was great film noir, and I enjoyed all the characters. Dan Duryea is at his best as a total piece of slime, Joan is a cruel, lazy beauty, and Robinson is just great in his role as a lonely, desperate man who only wants to be loved and admired.

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