Slightly Scarlet

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Slightly Scarlet ★★ ½ 1956

Small-time hood Payne carries out an assignment from boss DeCorsia to smear a law-and-order politico running for mayor. He falls in love with the candidate's secretary, tries to go straight, and ends up running the mob when DeCorsia flees town. A spiffy, low-budget noir crime drama based on the James M. Cain novel “Love's Lovely Counterfeit.” 99m/C VHS, DVD . Rhonda Fleming, Arlene Dahl, John Payne, Kent Taylor, Ted de Corsia; D: Allan Dwan; W: Robert Blees; C: John Alton; M: Louis Forbes.