DIRECTOR: FRITZ LANG
CAST: EDWARD G. ROBINSON, JOAN BENNETT, DAN DURYEA, MARGARET LINDSAY
In the elite class of Lang’s American films this seamy, gut-twisting noir is one of the most thoroughly devastating films ever produced in Hollywood. Romantic gargoyle Edward G. Robinson stars as a henpecked Sunday painter who falls for tough cookie Joan Bennett and finds himself roped into an art forgery scam engineered by oleaginous pimp boyfriend Dan Duryea, a triangle that ends in bloodshed. The original paintings by John Decker are like X-rays of a troubled, thwarted psyche.
Print courtesy Library of Congress
Scarlet Street is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see.