"...the darkest tale of sexual desire to emerge from Vixenville..." - Eddie Muller, "Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir"
When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinson) rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty (Joan Bennett) from the rain slicked gutters of an eerily artificial backlot Greenwich Village, he plunges headlong into a whirlpool of lust, larceny and revenge. As Chris' obsession with the irresistibly vulgar Kitty grows, the meek cashier is seduced, corrupted, humiliated and transformed into an avenging monster before implacable fate and perverse justice triumph in the most satisfyingly downbeat denouement in the history of American film.
Cast & Crew
- Jess Barker - David Janeway
- Joan Bennett - Kitty March
- Dan Duryea - Johnny Prince
- Russell Hicks - J.J. Hogarth
- Samuel S. Hinds - Charles Pringle
- Rosalind Ivan - Adele Cross
- Charles Kemper - Patch-eye Higgins
- Margaret Lindsay - Millie Ray
- Arthur Loft - Dellarowe
- Edward G. Robinson - Christopher Cross
- Anita Sharp-Bolster - Mrs. Michaels
- Vladimir Sokoloff - Pop LeJon
Reviews(see the best reviews)
Classic. Nice change for Robinson, and Bennett plays the trashy Myrna Loy to perfection.
Filled with irony and black humor---this is quite entertaining.
great movie !!!!!!
Motivational; smart commentary and well done.
Film Noir, great!
Not one of Fritz Lang's best but solid performances from Duryea, Robinson, and Bennett, make it an enjoyable treat..exposes hypocrisy and trendiness of art world ..
My main problem was that the sound was totally separate from the image...out of sync movies are very hard to follow..was this my problem only?
Dan Duryea was terrific, and while a little dated, the film was entertaining. Never quite a shrew like Robinson's wife in the film, making it all comprehensive. A little hokey at times, but what the heck.
A typical cast of characters wrought by the thinking of the times but enjoyable performances. a nice little film noir to pass the time.
great movie but lot's of buffeting . Wonderful cast and scene playout......Great director
One of the great film noir movies. The cast, headlined by Edward G. Robinson, is great, and there are some telling lines about what it takes to be a movie star.
I think the best noir film I ever saw. The ending was a little hokey, but otherwise it was fantastic
classic, wonderful. joan bennett and edward g. robinson are a great combo on the screen - classic fritz lang!
Good example of Lang's Noir
One of the greatest noirs ever, relentlessly cynical, humorous and tragic. A must see of the genre.
This quirky and disturbing study of a hapless schmuck accountant whose adulterous desires lead him to get exactly what he deserves is perhaps the most unflinching and haunting of the seven Lang films I've seen, portraying the crisis between Catholic morality and modern hedonism with painful precision. Edward G. Robinson plays the accountant pitch-perfect -- he's both likeable and pathetic, and his transformation into a murderous monster is both horrifying and completely believable. Lang doesn't settle for any easy answers -- Robinson's character is victimized and exploited by a ruthless prostitute and her sleazy pimp who mistake him for an accomplished painter, but what's really interesting is how much the timid accountant is culpable for his misfortune (he is the one who leads them to think he is an artist). Is it okay to cheat on your wife if you've never asked for anything else in your life and your feelings of love for the other woman are true? Lang's answer seems to be a resounding and provocative NO, and Robinson's downhill slide, in which one falsehood leads to a series of others, offers plenty of food for thought.