Scarlet Street

1945

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Thriller

14
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100% · 18 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 87% · 2.5K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.7/10 10 19248 19.2K

Director

Top cast

Samuel S. Hinds as Charles Pringle
Edward G. Robinson as Christopher Cross
Joan Bennett as Katharine 'Kitty' March
Margaret Lindsay as Millie Ray
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939.54 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 42 min
Seeds 7
1.7 GB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 42 min
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English 5.1
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 10 / 10

A Masterpiece

In New York, after celebrating his twenty-fifth years as a cashier of a company and receiving a golden watch in a dinner party, the middle-aged amateurish painter Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) protects a young woman, Katharine March (Joan Bennett), from an assault on the street by a young man, Johnny Prince (Dan Duryea), without knowing that he is her lover. Chris invites Kitty to drink a coffee in a bar, and presents himself as a successful and wealthy painter. The small time crook and caftan Johnny sees the chance to raise easy money and convinces the manipulative Kitty to take as much money as possible from Chris. He embezzles his company and steals his wife, and Kitty moves to a huge studio. Chris brings his paintings to the new address, and Johnny takes them for evaluation and they are considered masterpieces by an arts critic and by the owner of a gallery. Kitty pretends to be the painter, becomes famous, leading them to a tragic conclusion.

"Scarlett Street" is a masterpiece of film-noir: a magnificent sordid story, with sex and corruption, the femme fatale, and the losers, all the elements are presented in this movie. The direction of Fritz Lang is precise as usual, and Dan Duryea, Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett are simply fantastic. The conclusion, with Chris haunted by the ghosts, is excellent. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Almas Perversas" ("Wicked Souls")

Note: On 09 January 2017, I saw this film again.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 9 / 10

Fate And Circumstances

Scarlett Street finds Edward G. Robinson getting away from the gangster type and more to the mild mannered Mister Winkle which he played a couple of years before. Unfortunately things don't end as good for Christopher Cross as they do for Mr. Winkle.

A mild mannered little guy married to a harridan of a wife in Rosalind Ivans, Robinson's only outlet in his life is the painting he does. He's far better at it than he thinks and if he had some encouragement instead of misery from Ivans this whole story never would have happened.

In any event due to a combination of circumstances, his own personality and fates compelling the path he takes, Robinson winds up involved with bad girl Joan Bennett and her layabout boy friend, Dan Duryea. When Robinson moves his studio over to her place, Duryea grabs up some paintings and tries to sell them.

He makes a real impression on dealer Vladimir Sokoloff who sells them to noted critic Jess Barker and Duryea and Bennett say she did them. And Robinson the chump, goes along with it because he's so taken with Bennett.

Fritz Lang directed this film and it's one of his best American made films about fate just directing the broad march of events and trapping people into circumstances.

Leads Robinson, Bennett, and Duryea were all in Lang's last film The Woman in the Window and there is some similarity in plot. But I think Robinson's character is better compared to Claude Rains's Claudin in Phantom of the Opera and how he reacts when he thinks he's being made a fool of.

As for Joan Bennett, she's one of the coldest hearted women ever created on screen. All of the leads get a brand of justice one way or another in Scarlet Street.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 8 / 10

Murder by portrait

The idea for 'Scarlet Street' sounded great, and my interest in the film increased. Knowing that Fritz Lang (who directed masterpieces such as 'Metropolis' and 'M', both of which are very influential in their respective genres and film overall) directed and that it starred an actor as great as Edward G. Robinson (who throughout his career excelled in both supporting character roles and leading ones). Those two reasons are reasons enough to see any film, either one or the other and even better both.

Also because it had Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea, very talented too, and they starred with Robinson in 'The Woman in the Window' (also directed by Lang), also worth seeing. Seeing 'Scarlet Street' recently, it was also a very, very good film and close to greatness. Greatness it would have been if one subplot had been excised. Both 'The Woman in the Window' and 'Scarlet Street' are more than well worth seeing, musts if fans of the film-noir genre (put myself in this category), with this getting the slight edge for namely having a much better ending.

My only real complaint is the returning husband from the dead subplot, that was not necessary and the execution of it was silly.

Lang however is at the top of his game here. His direction may not be the best he did throughout his career, but he nails the moody atmosphere and his unmistakable style so perfectly suited is all over the film, he directs tightly yet still allows some breathing space as well. The murder scene is uncompromisingly brutal. 'Scarlet Street' is further advantaged by great performances, Robinson does a fantastic job in the lead role, tough yet also easy to root for. Bennett may seem too classy in looks for such a hard-edged film, but she is very appealing while Duryea shows why he was better than most at that time at playing sinister characters.

'Scarlet Street' looks impressive too. the moodiness of the lighting and slickness of the editing are striking but it is the beautifully composed and atmospheric photography that stands out. The music is ominous enough. The script is intelligent and taut, taking no punches while having darkly ironic humour. This uncompromising approach also carries over in the complicated (without being overly-so, it's always coherent) and twisty plotting, complete with a climax that still evokes chills. The tension is aplenty and enough to make one bite the nails, while the characters intrigue.

On the whole, very, very good. 8/10

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