Looking into the film noir void: Lang’s Scarlet Street (1945).

Wess Haubrich
6 min readJun 13, 2018
Edward G. Robinson opposite Joan Bennett in SCARLET STREET (1945).

Scarlet Street is one of the blackest films noir in pretty much any film fan’s canon (yes, even by 1945 standards and the puritanical rules made up by our old friends at the Hays Production Code office). It is a tale of con artistry, the theft of artistic ideas (literally), jealousy, grifting, domestic rot, unrequited love, murder, and the theme I will touch on more than others in…

Wess Haubrich

Horror, crime, noir with a distinctly southwestern tinge. Staff writer, former contributing editor; occultist; anthropologist of symbols.