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Scarlet Street (1945)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 28 December 1945 (USA)
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.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

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

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

Goofs

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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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Folk song, sung by J. J. Hogarth employees at celebratory banquet
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Good, Tense Drama With Some Fine Performances
20 June 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This is a good, tense drama that builds up an interesting 'noir' story that includes some rather creative story elements. It has several strengths, but most of all it features three fine performances by Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and Dan Duryea. It's also easy to see Fritz Lang's skilled hand at work in the story-telling, mood, and pacing.

Robinson shows his skill and versatility in portraying a mild-mannered bank cashier who really wants nothing more than the chance to dabble in his painting, before getting caught up in a complicated situation. Bennett is quite effective as the opportunistic young woman who befriends him, and Dan Duryea adds his presence and ability to very good effect - Duryea had the knack of portraying this kind character as well as anyone. His appearance in any film-noir always seemed to make an average movie good and a good movie even better.

The story is developed carefully, as Robinson's character slowly begins to realize that he has gotten into a situation beyond his control. By the time that things come to a head, the tension is considerable. The ending is also rather resourceful, in being carefully written so as to satisfy the stringent requirements of the production code of the era while also ending the story in a way that seems appropriate and fitting to the tone of the movie as a whole.

All of this adds up to make "Scarlet Street" a fine movie that is well worth seeing, especially for fans of film-noir.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1945 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,202,007 (estimated)
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