Just about every film buff and mystery fan knows the classic films noir - “The Big Sleep”, “Murder My Sweet”, “Out of the Past”, “Sunset Boulevard”, “The Postman Always Rings Twice” and “Double Indemnity.” But here are a few not-quite-so-famous noirs that are also worth a look. (I’ll be posting one a day for a week.)
“Scarlet Street” – (1945) Edgar G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, directed by Fritz Lang. Same stars and director as 1944’s “Woman in the Window” but the chasm in tone and character highlights the difference between a standard crime melodrama and a film noir. In the earlier flick Robinson is meek and somewhat naïve but in “Scarlet Street” he’s a plain fool. Bennett is a saucy flirt in “Woman in the Window” but flat-out wicked in “Scarlet Street.” And Dan Duryea here is as despicable as only Dan Duryea can be.
Fave line, Bennett, repeated in eerie voiceovers: “Jeepers, I love you Johnny.”
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