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Slightly Scarlet (1956)

Cast: John Payne, John Payne, Arlene Dahl, more...
Director: Allan Dwan, Allan Dwan
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Vci Video
Genre: Film Noir
Running Time: 99 min.
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This little film noir is freely adapted from James M. Cain's novel Love's Lovely Counterfeit, the story of a gangster working for a powerful Don who is fighting to retain control of the city's criminal activities when an honest mayoral candidate launches a strong anti-crime campaign. In a desperate attempt to derail his career, the Don assigns the hood to go digging for any dirt that can be used against the troublesome candidate. He finds some, but during the investigation he has fallen in love with the candidate's beautiful red-headed secretary and ends up double-crossing his boss. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

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James M. Cain's scorchingly frank expose of the operators behind big-city graft by eifert August 4, 2004 - 2:16 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Who says film noir has to be in black and white? This cheesy but incredibly entertaining melodrama is filmed in glorious widescreen Technicolor. The two female leads, Fleming and Dahl are red heads. Almost every colorful shot of them - with their eyes wide open, chest out - look like their modeling for the cover of a 50's pulp crime novel.

Based on James M. Cain's novel and starring John (99 River Street) Payne, this is pure noir.

Then DVD has some nice extras too. The audio commentary is excellent.

For a noir film, this may be the most colorful movie I've ever seen.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.14)
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Great Film Noir one liners
This will hit you like a cold, hard slap in the face.

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