Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  4 August 1950 (USA)
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Starting with a violent prison break, clever, ruthless Ralph Cotter corrupts everyone around him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Holiday Carleton
Helena Carter ...
Margaret Dobson
Insp. Charles Weber
Keith 'Cherokee' Mandon
Lt. John Reece
Steve Brodie ...
Joe 'Jinx' Raynor
Vic Mason
Herbert Heyes ...
Ezra Dobson
Police Chief Sam Tolgate
Robert Karnes ...
Det. Gray
Det. Fowler
Dan Riss ...
District Attorney
'Doc' Darius Green


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 <>

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The whole blistering story of the crimson-stained career of Ralph Cotter, thug with a heart... of ice! See more »


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4 August 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón de hielo  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The film that Phil Spector and Lana Clarkson were watching in Spector's chauffeured car on the way to his Alhambra mansion the night of her murder. See more »


Ralph Cotter: Why, I thought you were the law-abiding type.
Holiday Carleton: I guess I'm just whatever you make me.
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If they made this movie today...
1 October 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Spoilers here.

If they made this movie today, they would call it "White Heat 2: Cody Lives". Cagney is as ruthless as in White Heat, but here, his pathology is under control, (brain surgery after his Oil Tank "accident" in Part 1?) so he can blackmail cops and smoothly double-cross his erstwhile moll while skimming wherever else and whenever he can. In the first couple of minutes of the film, he shoots a fellow prison escapee "just because". His sense of loyalty to his supposed accomplices goes downhill from there.

Barbara Payton is a more resonant and convincing actress than Virginia Mayo, and it can be argued that her strength as an actress creates much of the tension here: We want to see her get wise to the Cagney character's dirty game, and also succeed in avenging her brother's death (the fellow escapee shot in the beginning of the film). And unlike the case of Virginia Mayo's unsympathetic moll in White Heat, we actually do root for her to gain a comeuppance against the Cagney character. But we're torn. Cagney has so much natural charisma, even when playing a snake, that we can never entirely want him to get his. There is a sense of justice and inevitability to the ending. But there remains the nagging hurt feeling at what Cagney-- with all that bristling energy and industry and charisma-- COULD have accomplished if he hadn't succumbed to the dark side. Ten stars. See it!

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