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Slightly Scarlet (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | June 1956 (UK)
An urban wheeler-dealer gets involved in organized crime, corrupt city politics and graft while falling in-love with the fiancée of the newly elected mayor.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

James M. Cain (novel), Robert Blees (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... Ben Grace
Rhonda Fleming ... June Lyons
Arlene Dahl ... Dorothy Lyons
Kent Taylor ... Frank Jansen
Ted de Corsia ... Solly Caspar
Lance Fuller ... Gauss
Buddy Baer ... Lenhardt
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Storyline

Kleptomaniac Dorothy Lyons is paroled from prison in custody of her sister June, secretary to "reform" political candidate Frank Jansen. Ben Grace, associate of crime boss Sol Caspar, sees this as a way to smear Jansen's campaign. But after falling out with Caspar, Ben tries to help June, who he begins to fall for. Sexy Dorothy also has a yen for Ben. June is reluctantly forced to go along with Ben's schemes, but there may be more to these than meets the eye... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Out of the shadows of a vice-ridden city comes James M. Cain's most explosive drama! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Straße des Verbrechens See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Goofs

A man in a bar says that, when the new mayor is elected, "this town will be so quiet you can eat your dinner off the sidewalk." Obviously, he should have said that the town would be clean, not quiet. See more »

Quotes

Solly Caspar: Let's see if we can beat him down.
[after throwing a body out of an upper story wondow]
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Featured in Doctors: Being Witched (2016) See more »

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A interesting film noir--in color
28 July 2004 | by ny1mwd26See all my reviews

Any story by James M. Cain should automatically command one's attention. Though probably not as famous as his other stories, this one manages to hold the viewer's interest. A curious thing to me is that, once again, the male lead is playing a far from sympathetic character (Ben). John Payne does a good good job, though sometimes it is not easy to figure out what Ben is up to or why. The success of the film rests upon the performance of the two female leads, Rhonda Fleiming and Arlene Dahl, especially the latter, whose acting was way beyond what I expected and almost carries the film, the ending of which might be a bit surprising. A tad slow in spots, 'Slightly Scarlet' nevertheless is a pretty entertaining film.


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