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The Damned Don't Cry

Released Apr 7, 1950 1h 43m Drama List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 75% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Trapped in an unhappy marriage and a dirt-poor town, Ethel Whitehead (Joan Crawford) decides to break free of these confines after the death of her child changes her outlook on life. She leaves her husband, begins using her good looks to manipulate men into doing her bidding and eventually schemes her way into the arms of wealthy but sinister mobster George Castleman (David Brian). But despite her cunning, Ethel realizes she's in over her head when she tries to con George and things turn deadly. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Jeremiah Kipp Slant Magazine Like the star in question, this diva showcase knows what it is and what it's good at. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 12, 2005 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia A film that I find directed with a certain elegance by Vincent Sherman, but it does not offer anything intriguing as a piece of film noir due to the artificial verbiage that weakens the actions of Joan Crawford. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 6/10 Jun 18, 2022 Full Review Josh Larsen LarsenOnFilm What a feast for Joan Crawford. Rated: 4/4 Oct 1, 2021 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Rated: 3.5/5 Jun 25, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Joan Crawford gives a solid performance as the gangster's moll who discovers when it's too late that she took the wrong path. Rated: B Nov 11, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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X O Interesting film. I was a bit worried in the beginning with how shitty the men treat women, but it's nice she holds her own. She's a player, but she has to. It's crazy that the guys take their 'move' for granted and enough for a kiss in 3 minutes. WTF is it about men, at any time or generation, to treat a woman this way? Anyway, the film develops really well. Impressive. Worth watching for how a gangster film looks like without the grime, and from a woman's point of view, but in the end, gangsters never treat women well. Money corrupts everyone. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/02/23 Full Review matthew r Loved it! A campy THRILL! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Kicks off with a gallop, crawls to a trot, and ends with a crash - but as long as you don't take your eyes off Miss Crawford, you'll be rewarded with a gangster-moll mini-epic! "Whatever it's like out there, it's gotta be better than this..." Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Fascinating story with Joan Crawford taking a different approach to her Mildred Pierce performance and playing the Veda Pierce role, so-to-speak. Here she plays a scheming, money-hungry woman willing to wade into the underworld to get over. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review william d A highly implausible but still reasonably entertaining noir, even though Joan Crawford was too old for the part. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review deke p Interesting. And gets interestinger. The last part bears watching again. Cast: DAVID BRIAN- a very familiar face on the screen from long ago. & HEY, ROTTENTOM STAFF! WHY doesn't RT tell us the year these movies originally came out --- 1950! THAT is what we WANT to know. Not some Turner release date decades later!!! Why do we have to search elsehere to find it out? " "COME ON, MAAAAAN!" Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Trapped in an unhappy marriage and a dirt-poor town, Ethel Whitehead (Joan Crawford) decides to break free of these confines after the death of her child changes her outlook on life. She leaves her husband, begins using her good looks to manipulate men into doing her bidding and eventually schemes her way into the arms of wealthy but sinister mobster George Castleman (David Brian). But despite her cunning, Ethel realizes she's in over her head when she tries to con George and things turn deadly.
Director
Vincent Sherman
Distributor
Warner Bros.
Production Co
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 7, 1950, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 21, 2016
Runtime
1h 43m
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