The Damned Don't Cry!

The Damned Don't Cry!

DVD - 2005
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Ethel Whitehead learns there's only one way for a woman to survive in a man's world : be as tempting as a cupcake and as tough as a 75-cent steak. Ethel moves from the wrong side of the tracks to a mobster's mansion in high society one man at a time. Some of those men love her. Some use her. And one, a high-rolling racketeer, abuses her. When the racketeer murders his rival in Ethel's swanky living room, she flees a sure murder rap, right back to the poverty she thought she had escaped. And this time there may not be a man to pick up the pieces of her shattered life--Container.


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Sep 14, 2016

With her face cemented into an imposing rictus of eyebrows and acute angles, Joan Crawford was probably the last actress the studio should have considered to star in this maudlin noir about a bullied housewife sleeping her way into high society, but that doesn’t stop her from giving one of her most monumental over-the-top performances. With Steve Cochran and David Brian as the competing gangsters in her life and Kent Smith as the milquetoast accountant who really REALLY loves her (gosh darn), the stage is set for some deliciously corny B-movie lines and theatrical scowls. “He’s promised me the world, Marty, and I’ve got to have it!” laments Ethel; “I like a woman who has brains…” croons underworld kingpin George Castleman finding allure in Crawford’s mannish pout, “…but when she also has spirit, that excites me!” Joan goes from domestic naif to strong-willed moll and back again without smearing her signature slash of lipstick, Cochran and Brian beat their chests, Smith mewls like a trampled kitten, and it all ends with a scene of hackneyed pathos laid on as thick and heavy as Crawford’s greasepaint. Warped feminism, overblown morality, and camp overkill come together for one highly entertaining piece of B&W kitsch.

Jan 30, 2013

Special Features' director's comments resulted in a better understanding and therefore enjoyment of the film!

Jul 05, 2012

From rags to riches.... The Damned Don't Cry is certainly one of the better "Joan Crawford" vehicles from the 1950s. When all is said and done, it's really quite an enjoyable Drama/Chick Flick with a first-rate cast and plenty of snappy dialogue.

Jun 30, 2011

An unapologetic epic, dedicated to every dame who blew that popsicle stand.


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Jul 05, 2012

"Call me cheap!?"

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