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The Damned Don't Cry
Warner Bros.' Flaming Stars of 'Flamingo Road' Meet in Scarlet Shadows Again!
Fed up with her small-town marriage, a woman goes after the big time and gets mixed up with the mob.
The Damned Don't Cry (1950) Film Thoughts... Picked this one up on DVD at Goodwill with a pile of similar films from the 40's and 50's and wanted to knock it off the "unwatched" pile already. Joan Crawford plays Ethel Whitehead, a housewife who lives with her husband and parents in a filthy home next to an oil field. After a tragic event happens, she leaves for NYC to start over. Not wanting to be poor again, she begins a long road of upward mobility, learning to use and manipulate people along the way. After getting in deep with organized crime, she then realizes there is no way out.
This was a pretty decent film noir-ish Joan Crawford movie. She…
A cracking good time at the movies, and actually a good film too. It's not just a vehicle for Crawford, but also an interesting link between Warner's gangster films of the '30s and film noir of the late '40s. Lots of crackling dialog throughout. Steve Cochran is great too, and that California mansion (actually Frank Sinatra's) is incredible.
Nice that it is a female led noir. The men are all pretty much secondary. But man, it doesn't really hold up. Joan Crawford doesn't really sell much in her schizophrenic role. It's just not a well written role in a straight forward noir.
Fast-paced. Snappy dialogue and, more important, Joan Crawford... hard-boiled & 'handsome'.
The story is absorbing owing to its appeal to the B-side of its characters, and its awareness that the bigger the schism from one part of a character's life to another, the more dramatic the story. And it's fun to watch Crawford and her male co-stars tackle the psychology.
Giving Crawford a chance
An easily missed film noir with a fitting title.
"The only thing that counts is that stuff you take to the bank, that filthy buck that everybody sneers at, but slugs to get."
A film noir starring Joan Crawford as a woman who charms her way to success amongst gangsters by using, well by using her charms. I disliked the sexism of the plot and wasn't charmed by the film.
There’s a hint of a great film in this full tilt Joan Crawford vehicle. The idea of a gangster’s moll going undercover to get the goods on a competing gang is fascinating - a bit like Hitchcock’s Notorious, only with different levels of moral ambiguity and character motivation. Everything though, including plot, is secondary to Joan. She really was a great star and seemingly incapable of a less than an enthusiastic performance. The film is an excellent example of the punchy, economical Warners’ House style.
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