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Scarlet Street (1945)

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.

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Fritz Lang

Writers:

Georges de La Fouchardière (novel) (as Georges De La Fouchardiere), André Mouézy-Éon (novel) (as Mouezy-Eon) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Christopher Cross
Joan Bennett ... Katharine 'Kitty' March
Dan Duryea ... Johnny Prince
Margaret Lindsay ... Millie Ray
Rosalind Ivan ... Adele Cross
Jess Barker ... Damon 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
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Storyline

Chris Cross, 25 years a cashier, has a gold watch and little else. That rainy night, he rescues delectable Kitty from her abusive boyfriend Johnny. Smitten, amateur painter Chris lets Kitty think he's a wealthy artist. At Johnny's urging, she lets Chris establish her in an apartment (with his shrewish wife's money). There, Chris paints masterpieces; but Johnny sells them under Kitty's name, with disastrous and ironic results. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Almas Perversas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,202,007 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,948,386, 31 December 1945
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Is the first of two remakes Fritz Lang made of Jean Renoir's films. Whilst La Chienne (1931) inspired "Scarlet Street (1945)" (1945), La Bête Humaine (1938) inspired Human Desire (1954). Notoriously, Renoir disliked both. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Edward G. Robinson's character walks another man to a bus stop in the rain. As they stop, he spins his umbrella. You can see a portion on the left has broken. In the next shot the umbrella is intact. See more »

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[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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A defining film of classic Noir
26 January 2005 | by stephen-357See all my reviews

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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