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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 the fortune they mistakenly assume he possesses. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Another compelling masterpiece from Fritz Lang! See more (132 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 | Australia:A (original rating) | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | France:16 | 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:
One of Fritz Lang's personal favorites of his own films.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 »

FAQ

Why are the picture and sound so bad?
How is this film connected to "The Woman in the Window"? (1944)
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58 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Another compelling masterpiece from Fritz Lang!, 17 November 2004
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

It is often said of Fritz Lang that his American films aren't as good as the ones he made in Germany, and judging by the films of his that I've seen so far; this analysis is proving itself to be true...but damn, this one isn't far off. Scarlet Street is simultaneously compelling and unpredictable for it's duration; Lang truly knows how to plot a film, and that is evident throughout. The story follows a banker and aspiring painter, played to perfection by Edward G. Robinson, who saves a young woman from a purse snatcher one night while on his way home from a party. The two begin talking to each other, and the banker 'accidentally' tells the girl that he's paints pictures and gets a lot of money for doing so (Lang shows us the pitfalls of trying to impress young women by way of lies). However, all was not what it seemed with the purse-snatcher, and he's actually the young lady's fiancé; and when he learns that his girlfriend has a man with money after her.... he's out for all he can get!

A lot of Lang's American oeuvre is concentrated on the American justice system and various other crime related things, and this one is no different. Scarlet Street professes that nobody can ever 'get away with murder', and the fantastic climax to the movie shows this masterfully; much more so than many other films that have tried to convey the same message have. Scarlet Street is drenched with irony throughout (ironically, it took a non-American to make an ironic American film). This irony ensures that the film stays interesting, as the audience is never able to guess what's around the corner. There's nothing worse than a predictable film, and Scarlet Street is certainly anything but. The movie is packed with stand out moments, but non stand out more so than the ending. I'm a big fan of horror films and have seen many; but many of those fail to be as chilling as the ending of Scarlet Street. The atmosphere that Lang creates is incredible, and it ranks one of the most powerful psychological mind games that I've ever witnessed on screen. If Fritz Lang set out to put people off murder with this film; I dare say he succeeded. I know I won't be murdering anyone after watching this!

Overall; Scarlet Street is another Fritz Lang masterpiece. While not as mind blowing as Metropolis or as powerful as M; Scarlet Street fills a niche all of it's own. I rate this film as a 'must see', and I can almost guarantee that you will not be disappointed after seeing it.

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