Scarlet Street (1945) Poster

Edward G. Robinson: Christopher Cross



  • Adele Cross : Next thing you'll be painting women without clothes.

    Christopher Cross : I never saw a woman without any clothes.

    Adele Cross : I should hope not!

  • Kitty March : How long does it take you to paint a picture?

    Christopher Cross : Sometimes a day, sometimes a year. You can't tell. It has to grow.

    Kitty March : I never knew paint could grow.

    Christopher Cross : Feeling grows. You know, that's the important thing, feeling. You take me. No one ever taught me how to draw, so I just put a line around what I feel when I look at things.

    Kitty March : Yeah I see.

    Christopher Cross : It's like falling in love I guess. You know... first you see someone, then it keeps growing, until you can't think of anyone else.

    Kitty March : That's interesting.

    Christopher Cross : The way I think of things, that all art is. Every painting, if it's any good, is a love affair.

    Kitty March : I never heard anyone talk like that before.

    Christopher Cross : There aren't many people you can talk to this way. So you keep it to yourself. You walk around with everything bottled up.

  • Christopher Cross : Hey, did you read this?

    Adele Cross : Read what?

    Christopher Cross : This murder in Queens. A man killed his wife with the window weight, put her body in the trunk, shipped her to California. It says here...

    Adele Cross : I've read the paper, thank you. He didn't get away with it, did he? He'll go to the chair, as he should.

    Christopher Cross : Yeah, a man hasn't got a chance with these New York detectives.

  • Kitty March : You know those art galleries on Fifth Avenue? The prices they charge! I saw one little picture that cost fifty-thousand dollars. They call it, uh, 'Seezan'.

    Christopher Cross : Cezanne? Oh, he was a great French painter. I'd like to own that painting.

    Kitty March : You would? For fifty-thousand dollars?

    Christopher Cross : You can't put any price on masterpieces like that. They're worth, well, whatever you can afford to pay for them.

    Kitty March : You know what, Chris? I bet I saw some of your pictures there and didn't know it. Next time I'll look for your name.

    Christopher Cross : Oh no no no no no. I, uh... I don't sell my pictures.

    Kitty March : Well not in New York you mean.

    Christopher Cross : No, I-...

    Kitty March : I know. I bet your sell your pictures in Europe, France or someplace like that. I don't know much about painting, but I bet your get as much for your pictures in France as those Frenchman get right here in New York. You're never appreciated in your own country.

    Christopher Cross : Well that's one way of looking at it. But you know when I paint, I don't think of money. I just paint for fun.

    Kitty March : Fun?

    Christopher Cross : Yes. I think it's the most fun I know, painting. I wish I had all the time to paint.

    Kitty March : But don't you have time?

    Christopher Cross : [stammering]  Well you know... business takes a lot of time.

    Kitty March : I wonder when you get all that money.

  • Kitty March : Why are looking at me? Is my face dirty?

    Christopher Cross : No, it's beautiful.

    Kitty March : I'll bet it is!

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