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The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

Approved | | 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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Ethel Whitehead / Lorna Hansen Forbes
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George Castleman / Joe Caveny
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Nick Prenta
Kent Smith ...
Martin Blankford
Hugh Sanders ...
Grady
Selena Royle ...
Patricia Longworth
Jacqueline deWit ...
Sandra
Morris Ankrum ...
Jim Whitehead
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Castleman
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Roy Whitehead
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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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$1,233,000 (estimated)
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The title comes from Eugene O'Neill's "Mourning becomes Electra", in which a brother tells his sister: "Don't cry... the damned don't cry." See more »

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Ethel Whitehead: Don't talk to me about self-respect. That's something you tell yourself you got when you got nothing else. What kind of self-respect is there living on aspirin tablets and chicken salad sandwiches?
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Ethel Whitehead: Look Marty, the only thing that counts is that stuff you take to the bank, that filthy buck that everybody sneers at, but slugs to get.
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Ethel Whitehead: I know how you feel. You're a nice guy. But the world isn't for nice guys. You've got to kick and punch and belt your way up because nobody's going to ...
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Make Love with a Guitar
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Music by MarĂ­a Grever
Played by the band at Grady's
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Great Title, Terrific Movie
17 April 2000 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

This is one of those easy-to-miss sleepers. It makes the rounds on cable channels, like AMC, but has never received much attention. Many of Joan Crawford's post-"Mildred Pierce" efforts are unworthy vehicles. Some, like "Female on the Beach" are entertaining trash. But there are two late Film Noir classics in her canon that should not be missed: one is "Sudden Fear" (1952) and the other "The Damned Don't Cry".

A hybrid of the "woman's picture" and straightforward Film Noir, "The Damned Don't Cry" has many of the best components of both genres. There is a strong, but flawed heroine--her descent into corruption that is pure Noir--and (as the title implies) no possibility of redemption. The entire tale is told in flashback, that most compelling of Noir devices. It is tautly directed and extremely well acted by all. Crawford was perhaps a bit too old for the role in 1950, but her unique combination of austerity and vulnerability is quite effective. Other standouts in the cast include David Brian, the underrated Steve Cochran and Jacqueline Dewit (the monstrous wife in The Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last") as Crawford's fellow-model companion early in the film. The photographic look of the film should appeal to any Noir aficionado: dark and threatening--the opening sequence is a perfect case in point.

A bit of trivia: the title comes from Eugene O'Neill. In "Mourning Becomes Electra", a brother tells his sister:"Don't cry....the damned don't cry."


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