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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Ethel Whitehead aka Lorna Hansen Forbes
... George Castleman aka Joe Caveny
... Nick Prenta
... Martin Blankford
... Grady
... Patricia Longworth
... Sandra
... Jim Whitehead
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Castleman
... 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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13 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,233,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,540,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,211,000
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Patricia Longworth: [at the roulette table] What's happened to that system of yours, darling? I thought you always quit while you were still ahead.
Ethel Whitehead: I've been experimenting with a new one: stay to the bitter end.
[to croupier]
Ethel Whitehead: If you'll write out the obituary, I'll give you a check.
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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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Crackerjack Film Noir - Crawford at her best!
2 October 2000 | by 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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