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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.
Scarlet Street -- When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinson) rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty (Joan Bennett) from the rain slicked gutters of Greenwich Village, he plunges headlong into a whirlpool of lust, larceny, and revenge.  SCARLET STREET is Fritz Lang's 1945 remake of Jean Renoir's 1931 LA CHIENNE.

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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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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
 
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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 | Australia:A (original rating) | 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:
The car Johnny pulls up in is a 1935 Packard Super Eight Sport Phaeton. In 2016 these cars can fetch well into six figures at auction.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:
For He's a Jolly Good FellowSee more »

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Why are the picture and sound so bad?
How is this film connected to "The Woman in the Window"? (1944)
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42 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Film Noir with shades removed, 13 September 2001
Author: dbonk from Surrey, B.C.

SCARLET STREET is, no doubt, one of Hollywood's first mature forays into the relationship of a prostitute with her pimp and her client.

Until 1945, the big screen's version of a 'lady of the night' was almost waif-like in her mien, casting innocent doe-like eyes at any gentleman who would like to share "a spot of tea" for a nominal fee. As portrayed by Joan Bennett, Kitty is cool,cynical, calculating, a 'ho' who is world weary and holds no illusions. Dan Duryea as her slick, slimy pimp/boyfriend, Johnny, matches Kitty scene for scene in the seediness of their relationship. "Lazylegs" is Johnny's term of affection for his Kitty when he's not cuffing her about openly on the streets.

Then there's the third wheel to this tragic ride, Edward G. Robinson as the henpecked husband Chris Cross who also happens to be a frustrated weekend artist. Kitty sees Chris as a hearty meal ticket as Chris laps up Kitty's milk, little realizing that his dream girl is a nightmare in waiting.

Director Fritz Lang's unflinching finale leaves the viewer drained of emotion. There is no Hollywood happy ending at the end of SCARLET STREET, just a back alley of guilt, punishment and shame.

It is no coincidence that 'Melancholy Baby' is refrained throughout this flick. As played on Kitty's phonograph, the record is scratched and skips over and over at the same spot. For this recording is, like all the characters who reside on SCARLET STREET, damaged goods.

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