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Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street is a 1945 American film noir directed by Fritz Lang about a middle-aged painter who is seduced by a woman and paints her a portrait. 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.

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Synopsis: 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 through Greenwich Village, Chris muses to an associate, "I wonder what it's like to be loved by a young girl." He helps Kitty (Joan Bennett), an amoral fast-talking femme fatale, he sees apparently being attacked by a man, stunning the assailant with his umbrella. 


Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by Walter Wanger, Fritz Lang
Screenplay by Dudley Nichols
Based on La Chienne (novel and play)by Georges de La Fouchardière (novel), André Mouézy-Éon (play)
Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea
Music by Hans J. Salter, Ernie Burnett ("Melancholy Baby")
Cinematography: Milton R. Krasner
Edited by Arthur Hilton
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates: December 28, 1945 (US)
Running time: 103 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $1,202,007
Box office: $2,948,386