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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 »
The things she does to men can end only one way - in murder! See more »
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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  (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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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Continuity: When Adele first questions Chris about Katherine March, the position of the knife he is holding drastically changes between shots.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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49 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
A defining film of classic Noir, 26 January 2005
Author: stephen-357 from United States

Chris Cross is a bank cashier who has just been given a gold watch by his boss for years of faithful service. Chris has three gifts, which are highly sought and cannot be bought: honesty, integrity and talent. The first two earned him the gold watch but the third is something he keeps to himself. He's a "Sunday" painter who paints from the inside out as a means of escaping his colorless life and loveless marriage. Chris is a man who loves beauty but has none himself, and so he fantasizes about some pretty girl that might see beyond his exterior to the man inside. And so one late rainy night chance places a beautiful damsel in distress in this path, and after saving the girl from the villain, he falls desperately in love and to his amazement, the girl loves him back. But things are not what they seem, and in a short while, Chris will trade in the three gifts he does possess for something he can never have. One of the defining films of Classic Film Noir.

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