The Damned Don't Cry

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A woman's desire to rise above her drab lower middle-class life take her down the road to destruction in this gripping crime melodrama. The story opens as she cowers insider her old home, fearing the inevitable arrival of the murderous gangsters pursuing her. Her tragic tale unfolds via flashback. It all began when she became frustrated by her humble life in a squalid factory town. She was married to a laborer and lived with her parents. Soon after her child accidentally dies, the distraught woman abandons her ...
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A woman's desire to rise above her drab lower middle-class life take her down the road to destruction in this gripping crime melodrama. The story opens as she cowers insider her old home, fearing the inevitable arrival of the murderous gangsters pursuing her. Her tragic tale unfolds via flashback. It all began when she became frustrated by her humble life in a squalid factory town. She was married to a laborer and lived with her parents. Soon after her child accidentally dies, the distraught woman abandons her old life to take a job where she meets an exceptional, but dull as dishwater accountant. He is a bit spineless and so allows the woman to convince him to get involved with a powerful gangster. Though she had promised to marry the accountant, she reneges and becomes the illicit moll of the married gangster. Wanting her to be a bit more elegant so he can pass her off as a Texas heiress to his west-coast rival, the gangster hires an impoverished socialite to teach her social graces. Soon she appears as an elegant, cultured woman. Still, despite her sophisticated exterior, she is conniving and ruthless inside and tries to double-cross both her new lover and his rival. Eventually the two crime lords meet in a bloody confrontation that leaves one mobster dead. Her lover is about to shoot her but the accountant (who still loves her) intervenes and she escapes back to her home town. She waits there through the night and the next morning goes outside and finds her gangster lover waiting to get his revenge.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Vincent Sherman; New featurette; The Crawford Formula: Real and Reel; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Joan Crawford emotes up a storm in The Damned Don't Cry, a ridiculous melodrama that is fairly poor as real drama but is quite enjoyable as camp. Crawford was entering the start of her "monster persona" phase here, the one that would see her creating memorably over-the-top characters that had less and less to do with reality and more and more to do with a hyperreal interpretation of the world. Damned starts out as if it were one of Crawford's earlier "poor gal makes good" flicks, but it quickly becomes lurid and unbelievable. As is often the case in her later vehicles, Damned finds Crawford in a one-dimensional world and asks that she find ways of giving the illusion of depth to her character. Our gal's the one to do it, turning in a thunderous performance that is never less than fascinating, even if it is not necessarily great acting. David Brian and Steve Cochran give game attempts at matching her style, and Kent Smith plays the weak, lily-livered "loving" character in a convincingly weak and lily-livered manner. Vincent Sherman's soapy direction finds little new in the material, but it does keep Crawford front and center and well-spotlit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2005
  • UPC: 012569683648
  • Original Release: 1950
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Ethel Whitehead
David Brian George Castleman
Steve Cochran Nick Prenta
Kent Smith Martin Blackford
Hugh Sanders Grady
Selena Royle Patricia Longworth
Jacqueline De Wit Sandra
Morris Ankrum Mr. Whitehead
Edith Evanson Mrs. Castleman
Richard Egan Roy
Jimmy Moss Tommy
Sara Perry Mrs. Whitehead
Eddie Marr Walter Talbot
Tristram Coffin Maitre d'Hotel
Dabbs Greer
Lyle Latell Trooper
Rory Mallinson Johnny Enders
John Maxwell Doctor
Paul McGuire Reporter
Ned Glass Taxi Driver
Strother Martin Springboard diver
Technical Credits
Vincent Sherman Director
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer
Rudi Fehr Editor
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
William L. Kuehl Set Decoration/Design
Otis Malcolm Makeup
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Harold Medford Screenwriter
Sheila O'Brien Costumes/Costume Designer
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Wald Producer
Gertrude Walker Original Story
Jerome Weidman Screenwriter
Perc Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [:53]
2. Dead Man's Movies [3:14]
3. Mystery Woman [2:49]
4. Homecoming [2:45]
5. Bicycle Tragedy [4:46]
6. Something More [2:24]
7. Working Women [5:47]
8. Dinner Date [4:27]
9. Any Friend Of Ethel's [5:57]
10. Along For The Ride [5:12]
11. Calling The Shots [3:28]
12. Only Thing That Counts [4:44]
13. Place In His Organization [6:21]
14. Tasteful New Offices [3:27]
15. She Can't Help Herself [3:46]
16. A Socialite Is Born [4:44]
17. Equipped For The Job [5:06]
18. Guest Of The House [3:15]
19. Hard To Get [3:34]
20. Matters Of Trust [4:24]
21. Too Late At The Party [4:43]
22. Warning Nick [4:52]
23. Smacked With The Truth [3:48]
24. Moved To The Obituaries [3:13]
25. Unfinished Business [3:38]
26. Think She'll Try Again? [1:36]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Commentary By Vincent Sherman
      The Crawford Formula: Real And Reel
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: Off
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