Scarlet Street is a 1945 noir tragedy film directed by Fritz Lang. The screenplay concerns two criminals who take advantage of a middle-aged painter in order to steal his artwork. The film is based on the French novel La Chienne (literally The Bitch) by , that previously had been dramatized on stage by André Mouëzy-Éon, and cinematically as La Chienne (1931) by director Jean Renoir.
Christopher "Chris" Cross (Edward G. Robinson), a meek amateur painter and cashier for a clothing retailer, is fêted by his employer for twenty-five years of service. After company head J.J. Hogarth presents Chris with a gold watch and kind words, Hogarth leaves the party and gets into a car with a beautiful young blonde. Chris muses to an associate about his desire to be loved by a young woman like that.
|author||Dudley Nichols Georges de La Fouchardière|
|contentLocation||New York City|
|keywords||apartment building arrest art critic art gallery attack build claim clothe drown gold watch greenwich village hear hustle insurance money love loveless marriage married paint rescue speakeasy steal street vendor suspect young woman|
|musicBy||Hans J. Salter|
|productionCompany||Diana Production Company Fritz Lang Productions Walter Wanger Productions|
|theme||film noir noir|