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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

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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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Holiday Carleton: He's too smart for you!
Ralph Cotter: Oh no, he stopped being smart when he took my money.
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Uncontrolled Ambition
17 April 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The criminal Ralph Cotter (James Cagney) and his partner Carleton (Neville Brand) flee from the prison, but Carleton is wounded and Ralph executes him with a bullet on the head. Carleton's sister Holiday (Barbara Payton) helps Ralph to escape and kills a guard. The clever Ralph manipulates Holiday and she becomes his lover. Then he blackmails and bribes the dirty Inspector Charles Weber (Ward Bond) and Lieutenant John Reece (Barton MacLane) and associates to the corrupt lawyer Keith 'Cherokee' Mandon (Luther Adler). Ralph gets a new identity and he gets a license to carry gun. When Ralph meets the wealthy Margaret Dobson (Helena Carter), Mandon advises him that she is a dangerous woman, since her father is the powerful Ezra Dobson (Herbert Heyes). But the ambitious Ralph does not pay attention to Mandon's advice and leaves Holiday with tragic consequences.

"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" is a combination of film-noir and gangster movie perfect to James Cagney in his usual role. The violent story is developed in flashback and Ralph Cotter is a ruthless and ambitious criminal that ends his career due to a female fatale, in an environment of crooked cops and lawyer. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Amanhã que não Virá" ("The Tomorrow that Will not Come")

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