Movies From the Hat 7 – #9 – Howard’s Pick – Scarlet Street (1945)

This is my 3954th Review

Thanks to Howard Casner from Rantings and Ravings for this recommendation.

“How can a man be so dumb… I’ve been waiting to laugh in your face ever since I met you. You’re old and ugly and I’m sick of you!  sick, sick, sick! ” – Kitty

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Apr 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A middle aged cashier unhappy with his marriage starts a friendship with a young woman who thinks that he is rich and does all she can to try and swindle him out of the wealth he actually doesn’t possess.

My Take on it – This is a film that I never had heard of beforehand, but after reading the premise I was hooked because it sounded so interesting.

They do such a great job telling this noir story and it unfolds so well.

The premise is all about lies and where they can sometimes lead.

The main character played by Edward G. Robinson is unhappy with his life that when he meets a beautiful young girl and helps her out when a thug is harassing her, he thinks he now has found his soul mate.

The woman, on the other hand gathers from their conversations that he is a closeted artistic painter who is rich beyond her wildest dreams, so she decided to play along with his ideas while she tries to swindle as much money from him as she can.

He doesn’t have money but tries to find illegitimate ways to find some in order to help his new “love”

This film says so much about the credibility of what characters say and how impressions of others can be deceiving and no matter how hard you try, you might not be able to convince them otherwise once they believe something as truth.

They do a great job of slowly escalating the situation as the characters begin to find out little by little what is truly going on.

I found it easy to sympathize with Robinson characters despite the fact that even he end up getting darker and darker as the film moves along.

I’m so happy that I got to see this film and look forward to possibly seeing it again some time to get an even greater appreciation of it all.

Bottom Line – Such a great film. Robinson is perfect in the lead and we can sympathize with him from start to finish.  Loved the way that things slowly escalate as the characters start to learn little by little the truth behind all of the lies being told.  Says so much about the credibility of characters and how impressions can always be deceiving in life but that people will believe what they want to believe and it’s hard to convince them otherwise.  So happy that I got to see this film! Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Is the first of two remakes Fritz Lang made of Jean Renoir’s films. Whilst La chienne (1931) inspired “Scarlet Street” (1945), La bête humaine (1938) inspired Human Desire (1954). Notoriously, Renoir disliked both. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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5 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat 7 – #9 – Howard’s Pick – Scarlet Street (1945)

  1. Glad you liked it. I said I’d tell you why the film is important in American film history. It’s the first film since the code in which someone killed someone and got away with it. Before this, the killer had to be arrested or die themselves.

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