Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street

Fritz Lang (1945)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In this effective noir drama directed by Fritz Lang, Edward G Robinson stars (brilliantly) as a diffident cashier with a termagant wife (Rosalind Ivan) and limited means, whose only pleasure is painting in his spare time. He falls in love with Joan Bennett, who, under the sway of her sadistic boyfriend Dan Duryea, leads him into a tangle of deceptions, embezzlement and murder. The movie is grim, downbeat and well played, with some imaginative and unusual plot developments and an audacious ending. The script, unfortunately, tends to run out of control and strain credibility, but there are shades of the pathetic professor, ruined by unsuitable passion in The Blue Angel, in the tragedy that befalls Robinson.


An unhappily married artist comes to the aid of a woman in distress, and they begin an affair. However, she and her conman boyfriend conspire to ruin him, driving him to crime to pay for her new apartment. She begins stealing his paintings and selling them as her own, becoming a huge success and leaving him a broken man. Fritz Lang's drama, starring Edward G Robinson and Joan Bennett.

Cast & Crew

Christopher Cross Edward G Robinson
Katharine March Joan Bennett
Johnny Prince Dan Duryea
Millie Ray Margaret Lindsay
David Janeway Jess Barker
Adele Cross Rosalind Ivan
Dellarowe Arthur Loft
Patch-eye Higgins Charles Kemper
Director Fritz Lang
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: BFIAvailable on: video and DVD