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With: John Payne, Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, Kent Taylor, Ted de Corsia, Lance Fuller, Buddy Baer
Written by: Robert Blees, based on a novel by James M. Cain
Directed by: Allan Dwan
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 99
Date: 02/29/1956

Slightly Scarlet (1956)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Red Hooks

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The French New Wave filmmakers adored Slightly Scarlet (1956, VCI Entertainment, $19.99), based on a James M. Cain novel. Payne stars again as a henchman for a shady gangster who tries to smear a politician's good name. On top of that, the politician is involved with a woman whose kleptomaniac sister has just been released from prison. Dwan uses his usual light touch but somehow keeps Cain's insidious tale intact and delivers a steely film noir, one of his best films.

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