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The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  7 May 1950 (USA)
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A New York socialite climbs the ladder of success man by man until a life among rich gangsters gives her what she thought she always wanted.

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Complete credited cast:
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Ethel Whitehead / Loran Hansen Forbes
David Brian ...
George Castleman / Joe Caveny
Steve Cochran ...
Nick Prenta
Kent Smith ...
Martin Blankford
Hugh Sanders ...
Grady
Selena Royle ...
Patricia Longworth
Jacqueline deWit ...
Sandra
Morris Ankrum ...
Jim Whitehead
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Castleman
Richard Egan ...
Roy Whitehead
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Storyline

The murder of gangster Nick Prenta touches off an investigation of mysterious socialite Lorna Hansen Forbes, who seems to have no past, and has now disappeared. In flashback, we see the woman's anonymous roots; her poor working-class marriage, which ends in tragedy and her determination to find "better things." Soon finding that sex appeal is her only salable commodity, she climbs from man to man toward the center of a nationwide crime syndicate...a very perilous position. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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7 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Im Solde des Satans  »

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$1,233,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 5, 1951 with Joan Crawford reprising her film role. See more »

Quotes

Sandra: I'm gettin' myself a new partner!
Ethel Whitehead: You should get yourself a couple of other new items, if you'll pardon the expression.
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Make Love with a Guitar
(uncredited)
Music by MarĂ­a Grever
Played by the band at Grady's
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Very Nice-Looking Noir-Melodrama
24 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For me, the best part about this film was the exceptional lighting which made this a great movie to see on DVD. The great black-and-white photography reminded of films like The Sweet Smell Of Success and To Kill A Mockingbird. The camera-work in this movie does not take a backseat to those great films, believe me.

Story-wise, it's a somewhat-familiar Joan Crawford movie with a bit more emphasis on the melodrama than the film noir, a la Mildred Pierce. That's a compliment because "Mildred" was a well-crafted story and so is this. It's an effective mixture of drama and noir. However, unlike "Mildred," this Crawford character ("Ethel" aka "Mrs. Forvbes") has a worldly edge to her with a chip on her big shoulders. It's tough to sympathize with her in this story, frankly.

Kent Smith plays her naive, wimpy dupe for much of the film but when David Brian enters the scene, the movie really picks up. Gangster Brian is nobody's patsy and he's fascinating, portraying the most intense character in the story.

This is another one of the fine classic movies that never got a VHS showing but finally got a break with a recent DVD release, which is all the better since the camera-work is deserving of the nice look this transfer gives it. Once more, another impressive movie from 1950, one of the better years Hollywood ever had.


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