Shed No Tears (1948)

70 mins | Melodrama | 21 July 1948

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Producer:

Robert Frost

Cinematographer:

Frank Redman

Editor:

Norman A. Cerf

Production Designer:

Walter Koessler

Production Company:

Equity Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although this film was not viewed, the credits and summary were taken from a cutting continuity contained in copyright records. A HR production chart adds Mary Treen, Eddie Kane, Betty Blythe, Matt McHugh and Rory Mallinson to the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has not been ... More Less

Although this film was not viewed, the credits and summary were taken from a cutting continuity contained in copyright records. A HR production chart adds Mary Treen, Eddie Kane, Betty Blythe, Matt McHugh and Rory Mallinson to the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Aug 1948.
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Daily Variety
12 Jul 48
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Aug 48
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Feb 48
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 48
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 May 48
p. 4155.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 Aug 48
p. 4274.
Variety
14 Jul 48
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Frost Film Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam op
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Miss Vincent's gowns by
MUSIC
Mus comp and dir by
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Shed No Tears by Don Martin (Culver City, 1948).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 July 1948
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 9 July 1948
Production Date:
mid February 1948 at Motion Pictures Center Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Pathé Industries, inc.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1948
Copyright Number:
LP1734
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,284
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13075
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the instigation of his wife Edna, used car salesman Sam Grover devises a scheme to collect on his $50,000 life insurance policy. After hurling a flaming unidentifiable corpse from the window of a burning hotel room registered in his name, Sam disguises himself and hides out in Washington, D.C. to await Edna. Edna is to identify the corpse, which was wearing Sam's ring and wristwatch, and collect the insurance money. However, Tom, Sam's son by a prior marriage, hires a private detective, Huntington Stewart, to find out if his father's death was really an accident or if his stepmother murdered him. Stewart tricks Edna into disclosing that Sam is alive and blackmails her while stalling Tom. Edna, who had never intended to share the money with Sam, is in love with a young wastrel, Ray Belden, with whom she plans to leave the country. Sam returns and overhears Edna's plans, follows Belden and kills him. Tom, who has been following his father without recognizing him, hears the shots and reports to Stewart, who realizes that Sam has returned but does not tell Tom. Instead, he traces Sam and blackmails him too. When Belden's body is discovered, police detective Hutton arrests Edna on suspicion of murder. She is released on bail and follows Stewart to Sam's hideout. Meanwhile, Tom, still unaware that his father is alive, receives $5,000 that Sam has sent him, Tom assumes that the money is a bribe from the real killer and goes to the police. The police follow Edna to Sam and when she learns that he killed Belden, she shoots him but falls to her death from the hotel window while struggling with ... +


At the instigation of his wife Edna, used car salesman Sam Grover devises a scheme to collect on his $50,000 life insurance policy. After hurling a flaming unidentifiable corpse from the window of a burning hotel room registered in his name, Sam disguises himself and hides out in Washington, D.C. to await Edna. Edna is to identify the corpse, which was wearing Sam's ring and wristwatch, and collect the insurance money. However, Tom, Sam's son by a prior marriage, hires a private detective, Huntington Stewart, to find out if his father's death was really an accident or if his stepmother murdered him. Stewart tricks Edna into disclosing that Sam is alive and blackmails her while stalling Tom. Edna, who had never intended to share the money with Sam, is in love with a young wastrel, Ray Belden, with whom she plans to leave the country. Sam returns and overhears Edna's plans, follows Belden and kills him. Tom, who has been following his father without recognizing him, hears the shots and reports to Stewart, who realizes that Sam has returned but does not tell Tom. Instead, he traces Sam and blackmails him too. When Belden's body is discovered, police detective Hutton arrests Edna on suspicion of murder. She is released on bail and follows Stewart to Sam's hideout. Meanwhile, Tom, still unaware that his father is alive, receives $5,000 that Sam has sent him, Tom assumes that the money is a bribe from the real killer and goes to the police. The police follow Edna to Sam and when she learns that he killed Belden, she shoots him but falls to her death from the hotel window while struggling with Stewart. The police arrest Stewart and although Tom is remorseful at having enabled them to discover his father's crime, Sam tells him that he would rather pay the law's penalty than continue being blackmailed by Stewart. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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