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The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 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:
Hugh Sanders ...
Jim Whitehead
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Castleman
Roy Whitehead


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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Release Date:

13 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Im Solde des Satans  »

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$1,233,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ethel Whitehead first sees Martin Blankford working in the office of her firm, there is a photo of a building behind his desk. That building is the original Phelan Building, which stood at the corner of Market Street and O'Farrell Streets in San Francisco. The photo was taken about 1890. It was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and subsequent fire. A larger and more impressive Phelan Building was constructed on the same site. It is now an historic landmark. See more »


Ethel Whitehead: 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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Trade Winds
Music by Cliff Friend
Played at the Hacienda when Lorna meets Prenta
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Mistress To The Gangster Elite
10 June 2010 | by See all my reviews

The Damned Don't Cry finds Joan Crawford on a roller-coaster ride from poverty, to riches, to notoriety and then to God knows where. Her fate is by no means clear at the end of the film.

Joan is an older version of the shop girl she played in her MGM days. She leaves her hard working, but dull husband Richard Egan after their little boy is killed in a traffic accident. She has beauty, but little else in the way of work skills. The answer is obvious, become a model.

The modeling gig gets her involved with the mob and she's soon trading up men from accountant Kent Smith, to mobsters, Steve Cochran, and David Brian. Along the way Joan acquires riches, polish, and a new name and identity of a wealthy Texas oil heiress. That's only befitting the position of mistress to the gangster elite.

With Virginia Hill's testimony before the Kefauver Committee and the spectacular death of Bugsy Siegel a couple of years earlier, the recognition of the characters played by Crawford and Cochran would have been easy for the movie-going public. In fact I'm surprised Steve Cochran never got to play Siegel in a biographical picture long before Warren Beatty did his film. Cochran would have been perfect in the role. Of course it was probably too close to Siegel's demise and a lot of Hollywood people might have been burned a bit.

David Brian is a sleek version of Lucky Luciano who was not as polished in real life as Brian is here. But beneath the polish, Brian's a deadly man although he would not be doing his own work if he was really Luciano at that stage. And Kent Smith in the Meyer Lansky part is really quite the stretch.

Crawford pulls all the stops out in The Damned Don't Cry. Her fans and others will really love this film.

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