The Damned Don't Cry ()

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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 aka Lorna Hansen Forbes
George Castleman aka Joe Caveny
Nick Prenta
Martin Blankford
Patricia Longworth
Jim Whitehead
Edith Evanson ...
Mrs. Castleman
Roy Whitehead
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Alden ...
Messenger (uncredited)
Woman in Casino (uncredited)
George Baxter ...
Mr. Fredericks - Syndicate Boss (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Castleman's Assistant (uncredited)
Kathryn Card ...
Mrs. Sullivan (uncredited)
George - Maitre d'Hotel at Grady's (uncredited)
Herschel Daugherty ...
Rewrite Man (uncredited)
Diane DeLaire ...
Castleman's Secretary (uncredited)
Forrest Dickson ...
Woman on Street (uncredited)
Gambler at The Hacienda (uncredited)
Sam Fisher ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Don Forbes ...
Radio Commentator (uncredited)
George Ford ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Taxi Driver (uncredited)
William E. Green ...
Real Estate Agent (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ...
Deputy Tom (uncredited)
Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Haines ...
Waiter at Party (uncredited)
Robert - The Butler (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ...
Editor (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ...
Man in Montage (uncredited)
Man on Dock (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ...
Trooper (uncredited)
Barney Green (uncredited)
Filipino House Boy (uncredited)
Gambling Casino Attendant (uncredited)
Warren Mace ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Johnny Enders (uncredited)
Eddie Marr ...
Walter Talbot (uncredited)
Springboard Diver (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Waiter at Grady's (uncredited)
Doctor (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Lee Miller ...
Jalopy Driver (uncredited)
Jimmy Moss ...
Tommy Whitehead (uncredited)
Hugh Murray ...
Alfred, the Houseman (uncredited)
George Nardelli ...
Spectator at Exhibition (uncredited)
Waiter at Party (uncredited)
Paul Power ...
Syndicate Boss (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ...
Onlooker at Scene (uncredited)
Croupier (uncredited)
Girl at Poolside in Home Movie (uncredited)
Sam Loman - Syndicate Boss (uncredited)
Norman Riley (uncredited)
Jamesson Shade ...
Sheriff (uncredited)
Man at the Hacienda (uncredited)
Allan Smith ...
Surveyor (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ...
Castleman's Chauffeur / Henchman (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ...
Cop (uncredited)
Blanche Taylor ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Vito Maggio (uncredited)
Hardware Man (uncredited)
Paul Weber ...
Mr. Bender - Syndicate Boss (uncredited)
Crane Whitley ...
Eddie Hart - Syndicate Boss (uncredited)

Directed by

Vincent Sherman

Written by

Harold Medford ... (screenplay) and
Jerome Weidman ... (screenplay)
Gertrude Walker ... (story "Case History")
Joan Crawford ... (collaborating writer) (uncredited)

Produced by

Jerry Wald ... producer

Music by

Daniele Amfitheatrof

Cinematography by

Ted D. McCord ... director of photography (as Ted McCord)

Film Editing by

Rudi Fehr

Art Direction by

Robert M. Haas ... (as Robert Haas)

Set Decoration by

William L. Kuehl

Makeup Department

Perc Westmore ... makeup artist
Joan Crawford ... makeup and hair consultant (uncredited)
Ray Forman ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Otis Malcolm ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gertrude Wheeler ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Sound Department

C.A. Riggs ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

Ellsworth Fredericks ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Sheila O'Brien ... wardrobe
Joan Crawford ... costume consultant (uncredited)

Music Department

Maurice De Packh ... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Ray Heindorf ... musical director
Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner ... composer: original music (uncredited)

Other crew

Wandra Ramsey ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • L'esclave du gang (France)
  • Los condenados no lloran (Spain)
  • Prokletnici ne placu (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
  • Os Desgraçados não Choram (Brazil)
  • Проклятые не плачут (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 103 min
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Box Office

Budget $1,233,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $2,211,000

Did You Know?

Trivia Loosely based upon the life of sharp-tongued moll Virginia Hill and her secretive relationship with gangster Bugsy Siegel. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002). See more »
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Quotes Ethel Whitehead: Don't talk to me about self-respect. That's something you tell yourself you got when you got nothing else. What kind of self-respect is there living on aspirin tablets and chicken salad sandwiches?
Ethel Whitehead: Look Marty, the only thing that counts is that stuff you take to the bank, that filthy buck that everybody sneers at, but slugs to get.
Ethel Whitehead: I know how you feel. You're a nice guy. But the world isn't for nice guys. You've got to kick and punch and belt your way up because nobody's going to give you a lift. You've got to do it yourself, cuz nobody cares about us except ourselves.
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