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Scarlet Street -- 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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Release Date:
28 December 1945 (USA) See more »
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The things she does to men can end only one way - in murder! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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I thought it good, memorable film noir See more (110 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward G. Robinson ... Christopher Cross

Joan Bennett ... Katharine 'Kitty' March
Dan Duryea ... Johnny Prince

Margaret Lindsay ... Millie Ray
Rosalind Ivan ... Adele Cross
Jess Barker ... David Janeway
Charles Kemper ... Homer Higgins
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Mrs. Michaels (as Anita Bolster)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Charles Pringle
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Pop LeJon
Arthur Loft ... Dellarowe
Russell Hicks ... J.J. Hogarth
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Abbott ... Critic at Gallery (uncredited)
John Barton ... Hurdy-Gurdy Man (uncredited)
Rodney Bell ... Barney (uncredited)
Richard Cramer ... Principal Keeper (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Detective (uncredited)
Tom Daly ... Penny - Bartender (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Policeman (uncredited)
Henri DeSoto ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Joe Williams, Morning World (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Policeman (uncredited)
Neal Dodd ... Priest (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... First Policeman in Park (uncredited)
Fred Essler ... Marchetti (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Jones - Apartment Manager (uncredited)
Lance Fuller ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Gus Glassmire ... Employee (uncredited)
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Critic at Gallery (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Employee (uncredited)
William Hall ... Policeman (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Critic at Gallery (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Chief of Detectives (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Detective (uncredited)
Cy Kendall ... Nick (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Employee (uncredited)
Fritz Leiber ... Evangelist (uncredited)
Ralph Littlefield ... Employee (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Vince Conway, Ledger (uncredited)
Lou Lubin ... Tiny - Bartender (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Policeman (uncredited)
George Meader ... Holliday (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Employee (uncredited)
Horace Murphy ... Milkman (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Ben - Bank Janitor (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... First Policeman in Hogarth's Office (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Knitting Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Matron (uncredited)
Beatrice Roberts ... Secretary (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Derelict Saving Cross (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Tom Crocker, Evening Globe (uncredited)
Wallace Scott ... Drunk (uncredited)
Jack Statham ... Employee (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Woman (uncredited)
Kerry Vaughn ... Blonde Girl (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Detective (uncredited)
Matt Willis ... Policeman in Hogarth's Office (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Watchman (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Globe Loan Office Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
Writing credits
Georges de La Fouchardière (novel and play "La Chienne") (as Georges De La Fouchardiere)

André Mouézy-Éon (novel and play "La Chienne") (as Mouezy-Eon)

Dudley Nichols (screenplay)

Produced by
Fritz Lang .... producer
Walter Wanger .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter (musical score) (as H.J. Salter)
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Hilton 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman 
Carl J. Lawrence (set decorations) (as Carl Lawrence)
 
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup director
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
John Decker .... paintings: Christopher Cross's (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... technician
Bernard B. Brown .... director of sound
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photography
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travis Banton .... costumes
 
Other crew
Walter Wanger .... presenter
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
103 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1949) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1995) (2002) (2005) (2006) (2008) | USA:Approved (PCA #11276) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Adele first questions Chris about Katherine March, the position of the knife he is holding drastically changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Melancholy BabySee more »

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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
I thought it good, memorable film noir, 22 August 2002
Author: cathy morris from Florida

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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