Scarlet Street (1945)
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Anyone else just wanna punch Dan Druyea in the face over and over again during this movie?
Edward G. Robinson as Chris Cross is (was) absolutely wonderful in this part.
And yes, Dan Duryea's character really is a picture-book or cartoon villain. The effect is to heighten the contrast of greedy shallowness and a failure of 'perspective', on the one hand, with the 'true value' of the artist and the paintings, on the other. Chris Cross could have been more valuable (to them, if not generally) if he'd been treated decently and honestly.
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This movie ranks #17 in TSPDT 100 Essential Noir Films
This movie ranks #17 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #35 in IMDb's Film-noir Top 50
This movie ranks #66 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
This movie ranks #156 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #246 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #312 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #314 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #804 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life