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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 19 August 1950 (USA)
Starting with a violent prison break, clever, ruthless Ralph Cotter corrupts everyone around him.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Harry Brown (screenplay), Horace McCoy (from "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Ralph Cotter
Barbara Payton ... Holiday Carleton
Helena Carter ... Margaret Dobson
Ward Bond ... Inspector Charles Weber
Luther Adler ... Keith 'Cherokee' Mandon
Barton MacLane ... Police Lt. John Reece
Steve Brodie ... Joe 'Jinx' Raynor
Rhys Williams ... Vic Mason
Herbert Heyes ... Ezra Dobson
John Litel ... Police Chief Sam Tolgate
William Frawley ... Byers
Robert Karnes ... Detective Tom Gray
Kenneth Tobey ... Detective Fowler
Dan Riss ... District Attorney
Frank Reicher ... 'Doc' Darius Green
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From the trial of the survivors, we flash back to amoral crook Ralph Cotter's violent prison break, assisted by Holiday Carleton, sister of another prisoner...who doesn't make it. Soon Ralph manipulates the grieving Holiday into his arms, and two crooked cops follow her into his pocket. Ralph's total lack of scruple brings him great success in a series of robberies. But his easy conquest of gullible heiress Margaret Dobson proves more dangerous to him than any crime... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón de hielo See more »

Filming Locations:

Chino, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Had always paled to the immense (and legendary) popularity of a similar James Cagney role from the year before: as Cody Jarrett in White Heat. But this movie has since gained its own following as a genuine Film Noir as opposed to crime/action. The Noir ingredients include two opposing gun molls, sparse yet spitfire dialogue, double-crosses, twists and turns and a relatively low budget. See more »

Quotes

Joe 'Jinx' Raynor: He ain't to be trusted.
Ralph Cotter: Why should *he* be different?
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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Cagney Shines
10 May 2002 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

James Cagney shines, and at times even seems to glow in the dark in this rugged follow-up to White Heat, directed with great verve by Gordon Douglas. It's a somewhat neglected film, maybe because it's basically a gangster picture rather than a noir, and rather late in the day for such things. The supporting cast features Barbara Payton; Luther Adler, in a Howard Da Silva role, as an eccentric lawyer, and who almost steals the show from Cagney; Rhys Williams, effortlessly playing an American; William Frawley, for nostalgia; and Ward Bond, neanderthal as ever, as a dogged, corrupt plainclothesman. Good, fast-paced and at times surprisingly violent, this movie will not put you to sleep.


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