Directed by Fritz Lang • 1945 • United States
Starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea
A box-office hit (despite being banned in three states), SCARLET STREET is one of legendary director Fritz Lang’s finest American films. When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinson) rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty (Joan Bennett) from the rain-slicked gutters of an eerily artificial back-lot Greenwich Village, he plunges into a whirlpool of lust, larceny, and revenge. As Chris’s obsession with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty grows, the meek cashier is seduced, corrupted, humiliated, and transformed into an avenging monster, before implacable fate and perverse justice triumph in the most satisfyingly downbeat denouement in the history of American film. Packed with hairpin plot twists, SCARLET STREET is a dark gem of film noir.