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.
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.
Fun noir/melodrama. It's a great joy to watch Crawford transform from trapped housewife to a savvy, sassy hustler that will do anything to get what she wants.