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Tomorrow We Live (1942)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 23 September 1942 (USA)
Julie Bronson (Jean Parker), whose father, "Pop" Bronson (Emmett Lynn) operates a desert café, is attracting the unwanted attention of a half-crazed gangster known as The Ghost (Ricardo ... See full summary »


Edgar G. Ulmer


Bart Lytton (original story), Bart Lytton (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Ricardo Cortez ... The Ghost, Alexander Caesar Martin
Jean Parker ... Julie Bronson
Emmett Lynn ... William "Pop" Bronson
William Marshall ... Lt. Bob Lord
Rose Anne Stevens Rose Anne Stevens ... Melba (as Roseanne Stevens)
Ray Miller Ray Miller ... Chick
Frank Hagney ... Kohler (as Frank S. Hagney)
Rex Lease ... Shorty
Jack Ingram ... Steve
Barbara Slater ... The Blonde
Jane Hale Jane Hale ... The Dancer


Julie Bronson (Jean Parker), whose father, "Pop" Bronson (Emmett Lynn) operates a desert café, is attracting the unwanted attention of a half-crazed gangster known as The Ghost (Ricardo Cortez) who runs a desert night club several miles away. The Ghost knows that "Pop" Bronson is an escaped convict and blackmails him into using his desert shack as a warehouse for "hot" stolen rubber tires to be sold on the Black Market. In an effort to save her father, Julie sends her sweetheart, Bob Lord (William Marshall) an army lieutenant stationed at a nearby desert camp, away. A rival gang, led by Kohler (Frank Hagney), wrecks the crime czar's "pleasure of palace" and gives him a beating. The Ghost, believing Pop Bronson responsible, goes to his desert café and brutally shoots him before the horrified eyes of Julie. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Ricardo Cortez and Jean Parker in the most thrilling roles of their career. They're Terrific! (original poster) See more »


Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

23 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Without a Conscience See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Atlantis Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


[first lines]
William "Pop" Bronson: Where you going?
Julie Bronson: I don't know.
William "Pop" Bronson: Julie sit down and finish your dinner, this is no way to carry on about nothing at all.
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My, how the mighty have fallen....
13 November 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ricardo Cortez and Jean Parker horrible copy from Alpha--way too dark and blurry 2 Samuel 1:27 says "How the mighty have fallen" and this is an often quoted phrase. In the case of Ricardo Cortez and "Tomorrow We Live", it is very fitting. That's because in the early part of his career, Cortez was a hot commodity in Hollywood--having starred in such notable films as the first "Maltese Falcon" in 1931 and receiving top billing over Greta Garbo in "Torrent" in 1926. However, his career never really reached the heights after this and his career was a very slow downward spiral--resulting, by 1942, in him starring in some very low-budget B-movies. As for Cortez, this actually turned out to be a blessing, as he soon retired and moved into a Wall Street job and made a small fortune! So, although his career had definitely fallen by the 40s, it all worked out well for everyone--everyone except for audiences hoping to see him in good films!

As "Tomorrow We Live" began, I cursed myself for watching this Alpha Video copy. That's because Alpha never restores their DVDs at all--and often they use the lousiest of prints. And, in the case of this movie, the print is horrible! It's very blurry and dark--and looks really ugly.

The film begins with a racketeer (according to one astute reviewer, Ricardo Cortez's character was based on Bugsy Siegal) noticing a nice young lady (Jean Parker). While she isn't interested (since she is a nice girl and already has a boyfriend who is in the service), Cortez isn't about to take no for an answer. Additionally, Cortez has a hold over her father--but exactly what it is the audience doesn't know. All this eventually leads to murder and a VERY heavy-handed message that equates gangsters to the fight against international fascism.

So why do I give this film only a 3? Well, two main reasons. First, the message lacks subtlety and is never handled gracefully or deftly. Second, and more importantly, Cortez's character has a HUGE meltdown at the end that just comes off as silly and unbelievable. Could this movie have been better? Of course, but based on the limp plot you couldn't have done much more with this picture.

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