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Shed No Tears (1948)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  9 June 1948 (USA)
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A wife convinces her husband to fake his death so they can collect on the life insurance. However, he doesn't know that she has been having an affair for some time, and she has plans for the money - and they don't include him.

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Wallace Ford ...
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Mark Roberts ...
Ray Belden - Edna's Lover (as Robert Scott)
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Lt. Hutton - Police Detective
Dick Hogan ...
Tom Grover - Sam's Son
Elena Verdugo ...
Marilyn - Tom's Sweetheart
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Huntington Stewart - the Private Detective
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Edna Grover convinces her husband, Sam, to enter a scheme where they can defraud his insurance company out of $50,000, so they can live in luxury. Sam forgets to ask Edna who 'they' is. Edna's definition of 'they' is herself and her lover, Ray Belden. There is a hotel fire, and Edna identifies the body in the fire as her husband Sam. Meanwhile, Sam flees to another city under an assumed name, where he waits for his loving-spouse to join him and they can live a life of luxury. He waits. And waits some more. And returns to ask Edna just what the delay is, and learns that the delay is another man. Before long, there is another dead man, and then a blackmailing private detective shows up, and then a police detective starts nosing around, and Sam still hasn't seen any money nor a life of luxury. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Continuous twists keep this noir going
25 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This long-missing noir has surfaced for all to relish. It gets off to a fast and nefarious start with Wallace Ford and June Vincent faking Ford's death so that they may collect $50,000 in insurance and live happily ever after on those distant shores where noir figures never seem to land, despite their best efforts.

Unknown to Ford, Vincent has a boy friend and they have their own plans. Enter Ford's son who believes his father was murdered. This leads to a large role for a crooked private detective played by Johnstone White. With both Vincent and White plotting, the story becomes an intricate tangle of twists, all of which are logical. At one point, White is playing off Ford against Vincent after Ford gets back in town, drawn by the silence of Vincent.

My rating arises mainly from the story and the acting. The directing is nothing special and the photography is not especially noirish. The movie comes across as somewhat lacking in peaks and valleys or more bland than it might have been in different hands.

Overall, I would not look this gift horse in the mouth. The print is a reasonably decent older-looking print. We'd be very happy if we had prints like this of the many Republic offerings akin to this.


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