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    THE DAMNED DON'T CRY (1950) Loosely based on Virginia Hill (Bugsy Seigel's moll), Director Vincent Sherman's film gives it a melodramatic gloss adapting it for star Joan Crawford. Enough of the essential underworld nastiness survives to edge it into Noir territory.

    Crawford plays Ethel, an unhappy housewife to an oil worker (Richard Egan). Fed up, Ethel moves to the big apple to start her life anew. She ends up as model for a fashion house, earning extra "tips" by wining and dining the firm's clients after hours. Along with the company's accountant Martin (Kent Smith), the pair end up meeting the head honcho for a crime syndicate, the oily George Castleman (David Brian). The pair finagle their way into Castleman's graces through Martin's ease with figures and Ethel's figure* (and her clawing to the top, wiles). On 'assignment' to the West Coast to keep tabs on a renegade operative in Castleman's organization, Nick Prenta (Steve Cochran), Ethel becomes further entangled.

    The screenplay and production are very slick. The acting smooth. DAMNED is a well done and smoothly entertaining film. Crawford gives a standout performance as the social climber who seemingly will stop on nothing to get what she wants, no matter who she has to hurt along the way. Cochran is charismatic as the Bugsy Siegel stand-in. The casting of the ultimate milquetoast Kent Smith is a master-stroke, perfectly setting up the character's story arc. David Brian has an icy frightening glare which Cinematographer Ted McCord amplifies, at one point making his eyes glow like something out of VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED!

    DAMNED DON'T CRY is a fine example of sunlit Noir (although there are plenty of dark scenes) and an interesting cross-over with gangster crime pictures. Using Frank Sinatra's real Palm Springs pad as Prenta's hang gives it that much extra verisimilitude. Keeping all the other superlatives in mind, this is still Crawford's picture. Her avaricious Ethel is Noir classic (the scene in the back of Castleman's limo with her and Kent is superb). Of course, any similarity to the actresses real life persona is strictly intentional!

    * P.S. One aspect of the film that is the elephant in the room is that the viewer has to accept that Crawford's physical beauty is such that it makes every man she meets melt in front of her. She was an attractive woman, particularly in her earlier years, but, by the time of DAMNED she was hitting her mid-40s. Watching men drool as if Gene Tierney, Ava Gardner or Rita Hayworth had strided into the room is a bit much.
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    Murder By Contract: Turns out I left one of the best of the Colombia noirs till last. Some gangsters bring a contract killer in from out of town. He arrives but rather than leaping straight into the killing he instead spends his days at the golf course or the movies or, basically, anywhere the intended victim isn't.

    This one dates from '58 and there's definitely a large amount of the 60s about it. The film playing a bit more like a counter culture movie than a noir for the most part. Very cool, very funky, little film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dom D View Post
    Murder By Contract: Turns out I left one of the best of the Colombia noirs till last. Some gangsters bring a contract killer in from out of town. He arrives but rather than leaping straight into the killing he instead spends his days at the golf course or the movies or, basically, anywhere the intended victim isn't.

    This one dates from '58 and there's definitely a large amount of the 60s about it. The film playing a bit more like a counter culture movie than a noir for the most part. Very cool, very funky, little film.
    That's a very good 'un, Dom. Come to think of it, I haven't watched MURDER BY CONTRACT in a few years. It's due for a revisit, methinks.
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    Looks like Twilight Time have got Whirlpool in the works soon.

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    Indicator are releasing Time Without Pity.

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    Coming from Kino in 2020.

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    Coming from Arrow in January.

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    Elegantly directed by Hollywood veteran Roy William Neill (best known for his 11 Sherlock Holmes films starring Basil Rathbone), Black Angel is an underappreciated film noir treasure, adapted from a novel by the acclaimed crime writer Cornell Woolrich (Phantom Lady).

    When the beautiful singer Mavis Marlowe (Constance Dowling) is slain in her chic apartment, the men in her life become suspects. There is Martin Blair (Dan Duryea, Scarlet Street), her alcoholic musician ex-husband, nursing a broken heart; there is the shady nightclub owner Marko (Peter Lorre, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon) who has been sneaking around her place, and there is Kirk Bennett (John Phillips), the adulterer who found his mistress’s dead body and fled the scene. When Bennett is convicted and sentenced to death, his long-suffering wife Catherine (June Vincent) joins forces with the heartbroken pianist Martin Blair to uncover the truth...

    Black Angel is a consummate 1940s crime thriller which boats a suspenseful narrative, strong performances and atmospheric, meticulously lit cinematography. Roy William Neill’s film is presented here in a sumptuous restoration, with several illuminating new extras.

    Production Year: 1946
    Region Code: B
    Running Time: 81 Mins
    Number of Discs: 1
    Language: English
    Subtitles: English SDH
    Audio: Mono 1.0
    Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
    Colour: Black & White

    • Brand new restoration from original film elements by Arrow Films
    • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
    • Uncompressed Mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
    • New audio commentary by the writer and film scholar Alan K. Rode
    • A Fitting End, a new video appreciation of the film by the film historian Neil Sinyard
    • Original trailer
    • Gallery of original stills and promotional materials
    • Reversible sleeve featuring two artwork options

    FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Philip Kemp

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    BLACK ANGEL is a terrific noir, I'll definitely upgrade for this. Nice supplements too, Rode is right up there with Eddie Muller as far as noir commentaries go.
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