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Scarlet Street Details


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. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

  • Release date:December 28, 1945


Edward G. Robinson
as Christopher Cross
Joan Bennett
as Kitty March
Dan Duryea
as Johnny Prince
Margaret Lindsay
as Millie Ray
Rosalind Ivan
as Adele Cross
Samuel S. Hinds
as Charles Pringle
Jess Barker
as Janeway
Arthur Loft
as Dellarowe
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Pop LeJon
Charles Kemper
as Patcheye
Russell Hicks
as J.J. Hogarth
Fred Essler
as Marchetti
Edgar Dearing
as Policeman
Chuck Hamilton
as Chauffeur
Ralph Littlefield
as Employee
Sherry Hall
as Employee
Horace Murphy
as Milkman
George Lloyd
as Conway
Cy Kendall
as Nick
Edward Keane
as Detective
Lou Lubin
as Tiny, bartender
Herbert Heywood
as Bellboy
Constance Purdy
as Matron
Will Wright
as Loan Officer Manager
Dick Wessel
as 2nd Detective
George Meader
as Holliday
Dick Curtis
as 3rd Detective
Beatrice Roberts
as Secretary
Clarence Muse
as Ben
Emmett Vogan
as Prosecution Attorney
Byron Foulger
as Jones, Apartment House Manager
Richard Abbott
as Critic
Sid Saylor
as Tom Crocker
Fritz Leiber
as Evangelist
Boyd Irwin
as Critic
Joe Devlin
as Joe Williams
Wallace Scott
as Drunk
Howard Mitchell
as Employee
Charles Wilson
as Watchman
Ralph Dunn
as Policeman
Dewey Robinson
as Derelict
Milt Kibbee
as Saunders
Robert Malcolm
as Policeman
Lee Phelps
as Policeman


Fritz Lang
Fritz Lang
Walter Wanger
Dudley Nichols
Georges de la Fouchardiere
Play Author
Milton Krasner
Hans Salter
Composer (Music Score)
Alexander Golitzen
Art Director
Walter Wanger
Executive Producer
Carl Lawrence
Set Designer
Travis Banton
Costume Designer
John P. Fulton
Special Effects
Melville Shyer
First Assistant Director
Jack P. Pierce