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Shed No Tears (1948)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 June 1948 (USA)
A wife convinces her husband to fake his death so they can collect on the life insurance. However, he doesn't know that she has been having an affair for some time, and she has plans for the money - and they don't include him.

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

Brown Holmes (screenplay), Virginia M. Cooke (screenplay) (as Virginia Cook) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Wallace Ford ... Sam Grover
June Vincent ... Edna Grover
Mark Roberts ... Ray Belden (as Robert Scott)
Frank Albertson ... Police Lieutenant Hutton
Dick Hogan ... Tom Grover
Elena Verdugo ... Marilyn
Johnstone White ... Huntington Stewart
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Edna Grover convinces her husband, Sam, to enter a scheme where they can defraud his insurance company out of $50,000, so they can live in luxury. Sam forgets to ask Edna who 'they' is. Edna's definition of 'they' is herself and her lover, Ray Belden. There is a hotel fire, and Edna identifies the body in the fire as her husband Sam. Meanwhile, Sam flees to another city under an assumed name, where he waits for his loving-spouse to join him and they can live a life of luxury. He waits. And waits some more. And returns to ask Edna just what the delay is, and learns that the delay is another man. Before long, there is another dead man, and then a blackmailing private detective shows up, and then a police detective starts nosing around, and Sam still hasn't seen any money nor a life of luxury. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SOMETHING ALWAYS HAPPENED TO HER MEN...blackmail...double-cross...even MURDER! (original poster)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1948 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Frost Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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19 February 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Directed by Jean Yarbrough and starring Wallace Ford and June Vincent, Shed No Tears was once one of those lost film noirs that noiristas craved to see. Now widely available to view, it proves to be a decent journey into noirville, even if it becomes a touch shaky come the final third.

Plot has Vincent as a devious femme fatale wife who convinces her husband (Ford) to fake his own death. The plan is to get rich on the insurance claim, but soon it becomes apparent that hubby is caught in a web of murder, blackmail and treachery. The plot dynamics are laid out for us very early in the peace, leaving the rest of the narrative to tease us with the shifty shenanigans of the protagonists. Classic noir staples are adhered to with the characterisations, viper woman, dupes, dopes, crooks and cronies. Yarbrough moves it along at a good old "B noir" clip, while the screenplay has enough twists and surprises in it to keep the noir faithful pleased. 7/10


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