Fritz Lang's work just keeps amazing me. This film is brilliant.
over 6 years
A lonely starving artist falls in love with a con-woman who mistakenly believes he's rich.
over 7 years
The French original of this remake was more aptly named; what a bitch!
over 8 years
This is Edward G. Robinson at his best. Has a spectacular and unpredictable ending.
Scarlet Street is a 1945 American film noir directed by Fritz Lang and based on the French novel La Chienne (The Bitch) by Georges de La Fouchardière, that previously had been dramatized on stage by André Mouëzy-Éon, and cinematically as La Chienne (1931) by director Jean Renoir.
The principal actors Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and Dan Duryea, had earlier appeared together in The Woman in the Window (1944) also directed by Fritz Lang. The three were re-teamed for Scarlet Street. The film was later featured in an episode of Cinema Insomnia.
Christopher "Chris" Cross (Edward G. Robinson), a meek amateur painter and cashier for clothing retailer J.J. Hogarth & Company, is fêted by his employer, honoring him for twenty-five years of dull, repetitive service. Hogarth presents him with a watch and kind words, then leaves getting into a car with a beautiful young blonde. Walking home in Greenwich Village, Chris muses to an associate, "I wonder what it's like to be loved by a young girl...