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Release Date:
31 January 1968 (USA) See more »
"Look at those creeps... bet they haven't even put films in the cameras. Still a girl's got to earn a living... and a loving." See more »
A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
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There's no film in his camera. See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carol White ... Joy

John Bindon ... Tom
Queenie Watts ... Aunt Emm
Kate Williams ... Beryl
Laurie Asprey
James Beckett ... Tom's mate
Ray Barron ... Customer in Pub
Hilda Barry ... Customer in Pub
Ken Campbell ... Mr. Jacks (as Kenneth Campbell)
Ronald Clarke (as Ron Clarke)
Ellis Dale ... Solicitor
Gladys Dawson ... Bet
Terry Duggan ... 2nd Prisoner
Winnie Holman ... Woman in Park
Rose Hiller ... Customer in Hairdresser's
John Halstead ... Photographer
Doreen Herrington
Muriel Hunte ... Woman in Prison
Paddy Joyce ... Governor in studio
Simon King ... Johnny, Age 1½
Stevie King ... Johnny, Age 3 (as Stephen King)
Anna Karen ... Neighbour
Helen Lennox

Billy Murray ... Tom's mate
Ron Pember ... Petal
Wally Patch ... Customer in Pub
Phillip Ross ... Shelley
Geraldine Sherman ... Trixie
Will Stampe ... Photographer
Bernard Stone ... Photographer
Tony Selby ... Customer in Pub
Michael Standing ... Young Man in Field
George Tovey ... Photographer
Gerald Young ... Judge

Terence Stamp ... Dave Fuller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Malcolm McDowell ... Billy (scenes deleted)
George Sewell ... Customer in Pub (scenes deleted)
Liza Carrol ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Ian Christian ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Jack E. Clarke ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Peter Claughton ... Driving Examiner (uncredited)
Sian Davies ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Mo Dwyer ... Prisoner's Wife (uncredited)

Chris Gannon ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)

Max Howard ... Child in Street (uncredited)
Martin King ... Prison Warder (uncredited)
Julie May ... Woman in Sheppey (uncredited)
Mike Negal ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Philip Newman ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Joe Palmer ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
Alan Selwyn ... Customer in Pub (uncredited)
James Thornhill ... 1st Prisoner (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Loach  (as Kenneth Loach)
Writing credits
Nell Dunn (screenplay) and
Ken Loach (screenplay) (as Kenneth Loach)

Nell Dunn (novel: "Poor Cow")

Produced by
Joseph Janni .... producer
Edward Joseph .... associate producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Brian Probyn 
Film Editing by
Roy Watts 
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
Art Direction by
Bernard Sarron 
Makeup Department
Betty Glasow .... hair stylist
Paul Rabiger .... makeup artist
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production manager (as David Anderson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Grieve .... assistant director
Alex Carver-Hill .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Geoff R. Brown .... dubbing editor
Gerry Humphreys .... sound recordist
Tony Jackson .... sound assistant
Kevin Sutton .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Browne .... gaffer
Chris Menges .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Caroline Mott .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Pinnock .... trainee editor
Music Department
John Cameron .... conductor
John Cameron .... music arranger
Other crew
Penny Eyles .... continuity
John Goldstone .... assistant to producer
David Symonds .... pop programmer
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Poor Cow - geküßt und geschlagen" - Austria, West Germany
"Όχι δάκρυα για την Τζόυ" - Greece
"A Lágrima Secreta" - Brazil (imdb display title)
"Czekajac na zycie" - Poland (imdb display title)
"Düsen kadin" - Turkey (Turkish title)
"Geküßt und geschlagen" - West Germany
"Intohimoleikki" - Finland (imdb display title)
"Joy, jadna devojka" - Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (literal title)
"Kukkinut ja kukoistanut" - Finland (TV title)
"Lidernas lek" - Finland (Swedish title) (imdb display title)
"Pas de larmes pour Joy" - France
"Pobre vaca" - Mexico (imdb display title)
"Stackars flicka" - Sweden
"Stakkels ko" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Szegény tehén" - Hungary (imdb display title)
"Tyttö parka" - Finland (informal title)
"Yozora ni hoshi no aru youni" - Japan (imdb display title)
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101 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | New Zealand:M | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:Approved | West Germany:18
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

First feature film directed by Ken Loach.See more »
Miscellaneous: The apostrophe is missing from the caption "At Aunt Emms.".See more »
Movie Connections:
Jazz Variations on Prelude XXIVSee more »


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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
There's no film in his camera., 22 July 2001
Author: Lubin Odana from UK

Recently released on British DVD, this is a good movie (as long as you have an attention span and IQ of more than a fruit fly). Not as depressing as it could have been, this is kitchen-sink at its most dirty. Terrance Stamp is great in it, the music is sweet, Carol White is very believeable as the single mum tart who can't stop loving criminals.

My favourite scene is where Carol and her friend who works in the pub with her (the one with the enormous beehive hairdo which comes down over one eye) sit outisde and gossip about all the men who walk past.

The only thing that marred this was the shakey acting of Carol's first husband, but if you can get past that, you're OK. And Donovan provides some of the most languid, mellow, bittersweet lyrics to come out of the 60s.

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