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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
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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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 »

Quotes

Martin Blackford: [when she wants to stop helping a gangster friend] This isn't a party you can leave when you get bored. We could have left, you and I, a long time ago. We were only guests then. But we stayed too late.
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Trade Winds
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Music by Cliff Friend
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Crackerjack Film Noir - Crawford at her best!
2 October 2000 | by (No Ho, CA) – See all my reviews

I have to say that this is one of my very favorite films. A truly entertaining movie. Briefly, Joan Crawford plays a good woman who's world is turned upside down by a tragic event. She decides to climb her way out of poverty by using everyone she comes in contact with and falling in with a lot of shady characters. She makes her way to a life of glamour and wealth, only to see it all fall apart when her bad karma comes back to haunt her. For all the Joan Crawford jokes - this is actually quite a good movie. The dialogue is crackling and all the actors are very good. Joan does not go over the top and gives a convincing portrayal of a woman who has lost her moral compass - but then regains it in the end. There are of course some melodramatic moments, but not too many. The production values are top notch - lots of location shooting - mainly in Palm Springs, to really get you into the setting of the film.

I would classify this film as a film noir - it starts out as who-done-it and features noir stalwart Steve Cochran. If you are looking for an entertaining flick - you can't go wrong with this one!


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