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Shed No Tears (1948)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 June 1948 (USA)
A wife convinces her husband to fake his death so they can collect on the life insurance. However, he doesn't know that she has been having an affair for some time, and she has plans for the money - and they don't include him.

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

Brown Holmes (screenplay), Virginia M. Cooke (screenplay) (as Virginia Cook) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wallace Ford ... Sam Grover
June Vincent ... Edna Grover
Mark Roberts ... Ray Belden (as Robert Scott)
Frank Albertson ... Police Lieutenant Hutton
Dick Hogan ... Tom Grover
Elena Verdugo ... Marilyn
Johnstone White ... Huntington Stewart
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Edna Grover convinces her husband, Sam, to enter a scheme where they can defraud his insurance company out of $50,000, so they can live in luxury. Sam forgets to ask Edna who 'they' is. Edna's definition of 'they' is herself and her lover, Ray Belden. There is a hotel fire, and Edna identifies the body in the fire as her husband Sam. Meanwhile, Sam flees to another city under an assumed name, where he waits for his loving-spouse to join him and they can live a life of luxury. He waits. And waits some more. And returns to ask Edna just what the delay is, and learns that the delay is another man. Before long, there is another dead man, and then a blackmailing private detective shows up, and then a police detective starts nosing around, and Sam still hasn't seen any money nor a life of luxury. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

SOMETHING ALWAYS HAPPENED TO HER MEN...blackmail...double-cross...even MURDER! (original poster)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1948 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Frost Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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About as rotten a dame as you'll ever find in a film noir movie...and a bunch of rotten guys to boot!
24 July 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love film noir movies. And, although "Shed No Tears" is from a tiny production company (Equity Pictures) and has mostly small-time or over the hill actors, it's a top film--gritty, intelligently written and cold-hearted...the way you WANT noir to be!

When the film begins, a husband and wife have just set up the fake death of the husband. Using a corpse they bought, they then started a fire in a motel room and made it appear as if the husband was the victim. The plan is to then use the husband's insurance policy to get rich and they'll take off and start a new life. However, what the man (Wallace Ford) doesn't know is that his wife is scum....a true femme fatale. You see, his beloved young wife (June Vincent) already has another lover and is planning on keeping all the money!

Into this twisted tale of domestic bliss comes an unknown quantity-- the husband's adult son from a previous marriage. No one anticipated that he'd not believe the way his father supposedly died--and he hires a skunk of a private detective to investigate. I say the dick is a skunk because he soon figures out what's happening and he plans on bleeding the 'grieving widow' of at least some of her insurance money.

If it sounds like most of the people in this film are scum, you have it right. Rarely have I seen a film with so many wonderful twists-- all because most everyone (aside from the son) are just dirt! Additionally, great dialog, lots of smart writing, acting and direction make this a surprisingly strong and entertaining film.


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