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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 »
User Reviews:
A Brilliant Remake See more (118 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
 
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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:
Is the first of two remakes Fritz Lang made of Jean Renoir's films. While La Chienne (1931) inspired "Scarlet Street" (1945), La Bête Humaine (1938) inspired Human Desire (1954). Notoriously, Renoir disliked both.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Chris and Kitty are walking to their table in the bar, the shadow of a technician's arm moves across the ceiling.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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Featured in Hollywood et les hommes (2013)See more »
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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73 out of 77 people found the following review useful.
A Brilliant Remake, 3 April 2002
Author: Zen Bones from USA

I've seen LA CHIENNE, and although most of SCARLET STREET is a remake, the two are entirely different films. LA CHIENNE is virtually a comedy. In fact, it begins with an introduction by puppets (!), so we know we're not to take the plot very seriously. Renoir's film is light and fun, and is very interesting to watch for comparisons of 'moral standards' between France and Hollywood.

By now, you probably know the story. A sad little man gets involved with a prostitute and her pimp. Hollywood toned down the fact that Robinson and Bennett were involved in a sexual relationship, and the ending of the film had to live up to Hollywood's standards of 'morality'. I won't spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet, but needless to say, the endings between the two films differ in a major way.

What makes SCARLET STREET so outstanding in my opinion, is that given the repressed nature of the protagonist, the film works better because of the changes. You can better understand the pressures of what living as a human doormat has done to this man, and how coiled up he really is. Edward G. Robinson gives one of the best performances of his career, which is saying a lot! I know, there will always be those who will insist on seeing him as the cigar-chomping tough guy only, and won't accept him as anything else, but SCARLET STREET showcases his more subtle talents and his enormous range. Joan Bennett is pure charm and snake oil in this, and Dan Duryea out-weasels Richard Widmark in KISS OF DEATH [in fact, I'll bet good money that the weasel toons in WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT were based on Dan Duryea's character!]. Hollywood films will always falter in comparison to other country's films because the industry's fear of offending audiences always dulls the blade of truth. But, at least during the classic era of Hollywood, the talent usually made up for the story flaws. What do you get when you put Fritz Lang, Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea together? Magic!

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