This film is one of my favorite Crawford vehicles, and I am thrilled to see it coming out on DVD, as it was never (to my knowledge) even available on VHS. While distinctly NOT a film noir, the Damned Don't Cry is a bit of a rehash of the Mildred Pierce formula--ordinary but acquisitive gal works/sleeps her way up the ladder, makes good, then hooks up with the wrong men, and suffers a wretched demise. Crawford's Ethel is willing to unleash her sexual prowess outside the bonds of matrimony, and this leads to the undoing of all concerned. She becomes high-class bait, caught between David Brian's semi-legit megalomaniac and pretty-boy Steve Cochran's Bugsy-esque mobster. In the end, she's on the hook herself, and winds up back in the dust-bowl oil town shack she started from--her mink coat the only useless trophy remaining. This is a Feminist Critics' Fun-Fest from start to finish, but good solid 40's cinema nonetheless. This film has been below the radar for a long time, and it is great to see it coming out, along with Possessed, another excellent outing for Crawford. David Brian is an excellent actor (sort of in the Robert Ryan mode--the handsome, tough, aggressive bad boy) whom I have seen in too-few films--he's always in top form. Steve Cochran is also an outstanding player who should have had some real vehicles of his own. I agree with another reviewer who, in commenting on the box set which contains Damned Don't Cry, noted that studios keep putting out 5-6 film box sets with 2 or 3 that have already been released, rather than some other new titles. In Crawford's case, there are many films still not out on DVD--Harriet Craig, Flamingo Road, and A Woman's Face among them. This seems to be the "new trick" in DVD marketing, alas. I guess a couple of high profile releases stuck in the box set clears out that inventory and makes for a nice come-on, think the studio magnates. Well, dumb boys, fans already have DVD's like Mildred Pierce, and are hungry for NEW product. So fire the slick, stupid marketing firms who are steering you wrong, and put out the stuff we all want to see!!! Anyway, Crawfordphiles will relish this release.