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The Damned Don't Cry 1950 NR CC

4.5 out of 5 stars (50) IMDb 7.1/10

Joan Crawford stars as a strong-willed woman who leaves the drab existence of her family life to take up with a gangster and soon learns the error of her ways.

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Joan Crawford, David Brian
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1 hour, 44 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance
Director Vincent Sherman
Starring Joan Crawford, David Brian
Supporting actors Steve Cochran, Kent Smith, Hugh Sanders, Selena Royle, Jacqueline deWit, Morris Ankrum, Edith Evanson, Richard Egan, Bob Alden, Bonnie Bannon, George Baxter, Paul Bradley, Kathryn Card, Tristram Coffin, Herschel Daugherty, Diane DeLaire, Forrest Dickson, Jay Eaton
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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This film is one of my favorite Crawford vehicles, and I am thrilled to see it coming out on DVD, as it was never (to my knowledge) even available on VHS. While distinctly NOT a film noir, the Damned Don't Cry is a bit of a rehash of the Mildred Pierce formula--ordinary but acquisitive gal works/sleeps her way up the ladder, makes good, then hooks up with the wrong men, and suffers a wretched demise. Crawford's Ethel is willing to unleash her sexual prowess outside the bonds of matrimony, and this leads to the undoing of all concerned. She becomes high-class bait, caught between David Brian's semi-legit megalomaniac and pretty-boy Steve Cochran's Bugsy-esque mobster. In the end, she's on the hook herself, and winds up back in the dust-bowl oil town shack she started from--her mink coat the only useless trophy remaining. This is a Feminist Critics' Fun-Fest from start to finish, but good solid 40's cinema nonetheless. This film has been below the radar for a long time, and it is great to see it coming out, along with Possessed, another excellent outing for Crawford. David Brian is an excellent actor (sort of in the Robert Ryan mode--the handsome, tough, aggressive bad boy) whom I have seen in too-few films--he's always in top form. Steve Cochran is also an outstanding player who should have had some real vehicles of his own. I agree with another reviewer who, in commenting on the box set which contains Damned Don't Cry, noted that studios keep putting out 5-6 film box sets with 2 or 3 that have already been released, rather than some other new titles. In Crawford's case, there are many films still not out on DVD--Harriet Craig, Flamingo Road, and A Woman's Face among them. This seems to be the "new trick" in DVD marketing, alas.Read more ›
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"The Damned Don't Cry" is the kind of movie that Joan Crawford excelled. The formula consisting of either "shop girl" seeking the good life or "unappreciated wife and mother" seeking the good life, which is the case here, are played to perfection by the ultimate movie star. Joan leaves her hard working, yet seemingly uncaring husband, after the death of their young son and goes out seeking the "good things in life." This is a "from rags to riches" story that mirrors the film noir classics, but is a step above due to the acting talents of Joan and her male co-stars. David Brian is excellent as the sophisticated mob boss who seduces Joan into his world of luxuries and crime. Kent Smith plays a smart accountant which gets pulled into the world of the mob by his ambitious "true love" played by Joan. And then there's the tough and handsome playboy, Steve Cochran, (who also claims to be Joan's true love) which plays the rival mobster to David Brian's mob boss. I highly recommend this movie to both film noir fans, as well as to all Joan Crawford fans. The dvd features the original movie trailer, as well as a nice "making of" featurette, "The Crawford Formula: Real and Reel". The dvd has a clean transfer, however the film itself has a few minor blurs and glitches but nothing that would detract the viewer's enjoyment of the movie, but this is on the film itself and has nothing to do with the dvd's transfer. "The Damned Don't Cry" ranks right up there with Joan's other classics, such as: "Harriet Craig," "Flamingo Road," and one of my personal favorites, "Female On The Beach." All of which are sadly missing and desperately needed on dvd. If you're considering purchasing the Joan Crawford Collection box set, I highly recommend all the films in this collection.Read more ›
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After her son dies, a woman (Joan Crawford) leaves her husband and their hardscrabble oil field life to find something better. In New York City she finds that she's able to cash in on her good looks, brains and moxie to get what she always wanted -- which is, apparently, swell clothes and a swank place to live.
Crawford plays Ethel Whitehead, who will change her name along with her history when she hits the east coast. Whitehead becomes oil heiress Lorna Hansen Forbes and works her way up the food chain by devouring men who succumb to her beauty. The first test feed is small fry Martin Blackford (Kent Smith), an accountant Lorna seduces - as seduction was done in 1950 - and whose coattail she rides until she's swimming with the big fish. East coast crime boss George Castleman (David Brian) and west coast boss Nick Prenta (Steve Cochran) will both find themselves grinding through the mill that is Lorna's love. Men fall for her like ten pins and she tosses them away like yesterday's newspaper when she's done with them. The special feature documentary "The Crawford Formula: Real to Reel" tell us, and director Vincent Sherman confirms that Crawford sought out and befriended directors and cameramen, who in turn would make sure their friend Joan looked her best.
THE DAMNED DON'T CRY is supposed to chronicle the transformation of a simple, lower-class housewife into a dazzling socialite with some unfortunate ties to big time criminals. According to Sherman's otherwise disappointing commentary the transformation works because she (Crawford the housewife) `was naïve, simple and sweet.' It was the only time I laughed out loud during the movie or any of the extras. `Simple' and especially `sweet' aren't the first words that come to mind when describing Crawford in this picture.
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