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Friday, January 2, 2015

"Scarlet Street" (1945)

A pessimistic film noir from director Fritz Lang that makes you wonder how it ever got made in the Old Hollywood studio system. A mild mannered cashier (Edward G. Robinson) falls heavy for a cheap prostitute (Joan Bennett) who tries to bilk the patsy for all he's worth. Her slimy pimp (Dan Duryea) is along for the ride. She's got to be one of the most venal femme fatales in the whole noir canon...and Bennett has a field day with the part. It's bleak...but the great storytelling will have you riveted. 

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