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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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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

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
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Music by Cliff Friend
Played at the Hacienda when Lorna meets Prenta
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minor classic
29 June 2006 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

An energetic film about a woman (one of Joan Crawford's best parts) who leaves her family and gets involved with a gambling syndicate. It's surprisingly good thanks to the pace and direction which keeps the focus on the main characters, all of whom become or already are corrupted by money, crime, society, or their own jaded world views. She had been watching the "American Dream" slip by with her tightwad husband who's played in an outstanding role by Richard Egan. It could get stereotyped and clichéd but doesn't thanks to the fine acting throughout by David Brian, Steve Cochran, Kent Smith, and of course Joan Crawford, who, though she was in her mid 40's, carried a role off that was sexy and ambitious.


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