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Scarlet Street (1949)

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#1 TopBilled

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 03:17 PM

I really enjoyed this one! It's one of the best film noirs I've seen. It was interesting watching Edward G. Robinson play a shy and sensitive man after seeing him in Key Largo. Shows how versatile he can be. It's too bad that it has been shown in terrible quality though.

 

There's a restored print from the folks at Kino. So if you're looking to purchase it, that's the one to buy.

 

Incidentally the film was produced in 1945, not 1949. The same trio of actors (Robinson, Bennett & Duryea) plus director (Fritz Lang) also made THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW.

 

https://en.wikipedia...n_in_the_Window


"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 02:37 PM

I really enjoyed this one! It's one of the best film noirs I've seen. It was interesting watching Edward G. Robinson play a shy and sensitive man after seeing him in Key Largo. Shows how versatile he can be. It's too bad that it has been shown in terrible quality though.

 

Yes,  Scarlet Street is a first rate noir and a very dark film even for a noir.    It also pushed the production code bounties since the Robinson character does get away with murder.      The other two stars Dan Duryea and Joan Bennett and feature in many other fine noir films.

 

As for Robinson,  he was very versatile and is in fine form as all types of characters.  Check out The Whole Town is Talking where he plays two men that look alike, one that is meek and one that is a gangster.      Sadly Robinson was never even nominated for an Academy Award.    


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Posted 07 December 2016 - 12:36 PM

I really enjoyed this one! It's one of the best film noirs I've seen. It was interesting watching Edward G. Robinson play a shy and sensitive man after seeing him in Key Largo. Shows how versatile he can be. It's too bad that it has been shown in terrible quality though.
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