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Scarlet Street
     

Scarlet Street

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Director: Fritz Lang, Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea

Cast: Fritz Lang, Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea

 

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Masterfully directed by Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street is a bleak film in which an ordinary man succumbs first to vice and then to murder. Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is a lonely man married to a nagging wife. Painting is the only thing that brings him joy. Cross meets Kitty (Joan Bennett) who, believing him to be a famous painter, begins an affair with

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Masterfully directed by Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street is a bleak film in which an ordinary man succumbs first to vice and then to murder. Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is a lonely man married to a nagging wife. Painting is the only thing that brings him joy. Cross meets Kitty (Joan Bennett) who, believing him to be a famous painter, begins an affair with him. Encouraged by her lover, con man Johnny Prince (Dan Duryea) Kitty persuades Cross to embezzle money from his employer in order to pay for her lavish apartment. In that apartment, happy for the first time in his life, Cross paints Kitty's picture. Johnny then pretends that Kitty painted to portrait, which has won great critical acclaim. Finally realizing he has been manipulated, Cross kills Kitty, loses his job, and because his name has been stolen by Kitty, is unable to paint. He suffers a mental breakdown as the film ends, haunted by guilt. Kitty and Johnny are two of the most amoral and casual villains in the history of film noir, both like predatory animals completely without conscience. Milton Krasner's photography is excellent in its use of stark black-and-white to convey psychological states. Fritz Lang is unparalleled in his ability to convey the desperation of hapless, naïve victims in a cruelly realistic world.

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German-American master Fritz Lang produced and directed this gritty film noir for Universal Pictures, notable as the first Hollywood feature in which the real criminal goes unpunished. When a mild-mannered cashier (Edward G. Robinson) becomes enamored with an amoral woman (Joan Bennett), she ensnares him in an embezzlement scheme which leads to a murder. Her lover is fingered and executed for the murder, while Robinson's character gets off free. Lang's daring, almost assaultive imagery divided critics and audiences who might have expected less Gothic melodrama. Robinson and Bennett are chilling villains in an era when it was rare not to tack on a happy, or at least moralistic, ending. The script was adapted by Dudley Nichols from a French play filmed by Jean Renoir as La Chienne.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2005
UPC:
0738329042028
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
39,402

Special Features

New high-defiition digital transfer from the 35mm negative preserved by the Library of Congress; Audio commentary by David Kalat, author of The Strange Case of Dr. Mabuse; Photo gallery (including imagesof deleted scenes)

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edward G. Robinson Christopher Cross
Joan Bennett Kitty March
Dan Duryea Johnny Prince
Margaret Lindsay Millie Ray
Rosalind Ivan Adele Cross
Jess Barker Janeway
Samuel S. Hinds Charles Pringle
Arthur Loft Dellarowe
Vladimir Sokoloff Pop LeJon
Charles Kemper Patcheye
Russell Hicks J.J. Hogarth
Anita Bolster Mrs. Michaels
Fred Essler Marchetti
Edgar Dearing Policeman
Tom Dillon Policeman
Chuck Hamilton Chauffeur
Gus Glassmire Employee
Ralph Littlefield Employee
Sherry Hall Employee
Rodney Bell Barney
Joan Barton Hurdy Gurdy Man
Thomas P. Dillon Policeman
Edward Keane Detective
Cy Kendall Nick
Wallace "Scotty" Scott Drunk
Henri DeSoto Waiter
Milt Kibbee Saunders
Tom Daly Penny
George Meader Holliday
Lou Lubin Tiny, bartender
Clarence Muse Ben
Emmett Vogan Prosecution Attorney
Horace Murphy Milkman
Will Wright Loan Officer Manager
Joe Devlin Joe Williams
George Lloyd Conway
Dewey Robinson Derelict
Herbert Heywood Bellboy
Charles Wilson Watchman
Constance Purdy Matron
Fritz Leiber Evangelist
Boyd Irwin Critic
Richard Abbott Critic
Byron Foulger Jones, Apartment House Manager
Thomas E. Jackson Chief of Detectives
Dick Wessel 2nd Detective
Dick Curtis 3rd Detective
Robert Malcolm Policeman
Lee Phelps Policeman
Matt Willis Policeman
William Hall Policeman
Ralph Dunn Policeman
Rychard Cramer Principal Keeper
Neal Dodd Priest
Kerry Vaughn Blonde Girl
Beatrice Roberts Secretary
Howard Mitchell Employee
Sid Saylor Tom Crocker
Arthur E. Gould-Porter Critic

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director,Producer
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Glenn E. Anderson Sound/Sound Designer
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernard B. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
John B. Goodman Art Director
Arthur D. Hilton Editor
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Carl Lawrence Set Decoration/Design
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Melville Shyer Asst. Director
Walter Wanger Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Scarlet Street
1. Opening Titles [:09]
2. Damsel in Distress [:09]
3. The Artiste at Home [8:11]
4. In Need of Cash [8:08]
5. The New Studio [10:30]
6. Art Critics [10:21]
7. Professional Opinions [10:14]
8. Discovered! [9:05]
9. The Other Man [10:32]
10. Truth Be Known [6:51]
11. The Scales of Justice [6:51]
12. Jeepers Creepers [6:21]

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Scarlet Street 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This is one of Fritz Lang's Hollywood high points. Far more than the sum of its parts (noir atmosphere, seedy characters, hocked-up New York City sets), the movie moves you at deeper levels. At its most poignant the film illustrates how we all rely on our illusions (even at the cost of our identity) for sustenance. Edward G. Robinson's performance as Christopher Cross is the masterful centerpiece of this fine film.