Slightly Scarlet

Rated NR 99 minutes 1956

A major film (1956) by Allan Dwan, who, after Raoul Walsh, was the most expressively kinetic director in American film. The plot is a complicated affair borrowed from the James M. Cain novel Love's Lovely Counterfeit: a high-ranking mobster is assigned to get some dirt on a reform candidate for mayor but ends up falling in love with the politician's secretary—which touches off a series of power plays for control of both the city and the syndicate. It's also that rare item the color noir, photographed by the great John Alton. With John Payne (who became a first-rate noir performer after shucking his drippy musical-comedy image at Fox), Arlene Dahl, Rhonda Fleming, and lots of other 50s icons.

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Director: Allan Dwan

Producer: Benedict Bogeaus

Cast: John Payne, Arlene Dahl, Rhonda Fleming, Kent Taylor, Ted de Corsia, Lance Fuller, Frank Gerstle, Buddy Baer, George E. Stone, Ellen Corby and Roy Gordon

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