Review: ‘Scarlet Street’

Fritz Lang's production and direction ably project the sordid tale of the romance between a milquetoast character and a gold-digging blonde. Script [based on the French novel and play La Chienne by Georges la Fouchardiere] is tightly written by Dudley Nichols and is played for sustained interest and suspense by the cast.

Fritz Lang’s production and direction ably project the sordid tale of the romance between a milquetoast character and a gold-digging blonde. Script [based on the French novel and play La Chienne by Georges la Fouchardiere] is tightly written by Dudley Nichols and is played for sustained interest and suspense by the cast.

Edward G. Robinson is the mild cashier and amateur painter whose love for Joan Bennett leads him to embezzlement, murder and disgrace. Two stars turn in top work to keep the interest high, and Dan Duryea’s portrayal of the crafty and crooked opportunist whom Bennett loves is a standout in furthering the melodrama.

Scarlet Street

Production

Universal/Diana. Director Fritz Lang; Producer Walter Wanger; Screenplay Dudley Nichols; Camera Milton Krasner; Editor Arthur Hilton; Music Hans J. Salter; Art Director Alexander Golitzen

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Edward G. Robinson Joan Bennett Dan Duryea Margaret Lindsay Rosalind Ivan Jess Barker

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