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Scarlet Street (1949)

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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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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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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.org/wiki/The_Woman_in_the_Window

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The Kino version is beautiful and adds a whole knew freshness to another classic Robinson-Bennett-Duryea-Lang movie. I actually only began to realize how great this movie is after I got the restored print. The poor original print actually made the movie hard to watch and gave it a feel of an lower B noir. The part when she's laughing in the pillow at Robinson when he thinks she's crying over him still brings chills down my spine. I can feel his anger. Fritz Lang liked using NY's Greenwich Village as a setting with it's tight claustrophobic streets. Also mirrors and rain. All metaphors for entrapment and the many sides of human beings. 

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On 12/7/2016 at 2:37 PM, jamesjazzguitar said:

 

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.    

Robinson was never even nominated?  Thats a joke.  He is one of my favorite actors.  My favorite is Bogart, with Robinson a close second.  Scarlet Street has to be ranked in my top 5 film noirs of all time.  The ending itself makes it a better film than The Woman in the Window.  Robinson should've been up for Best Actor in both films.

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