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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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Barbara Payton ...
Holiday Carleton
Helena Carter ...
Margaret Dobson
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Insp. Charles Weber
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Keith 'Cherokee' Mandon
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Lt. John Reece
Steve Brodie ...
Joe 'Jinx' Raynor
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Vic Mason
Herbert Heyes ...
Ezra Dobson
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Police Chief Sam Tolgate
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Robert Karnes ...
Det. Gray
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Dan Riss ...
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'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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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 »

Quotes

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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One More Tough Guy For Jimmy
7 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Cagney pulled off one of his greatest gangster roles fairly late in his career in 1949's White Heat. You could see he was starting to get a little pudgy in the midsection and gray around the temples for that kind of role, but he still pulled it off.....big-time. What a lot of people don't remember is that he did it one more time - with this film, the following year.

Yup, "Cody Jarrett" was in business for one more tough-guy gangster character. Here, he plays "Ralph Cotter," and he is one nasty dude. It's great to watch Jimmy doing his cocky-thug routine. I wish he could have gone on forever.

The supporting cast, led by Ward Bond, was very good in this film and worth noting. It isn't just all Cagney. Barbara Peyton is realistic as the tough blonde and Helena Carter as the spoiled rich man's daughter. Both are decent at heart and vie for Cagney's affections.

Included in here are crooked cops, a crooked lawyer and other assorted characters. It's a rough movie. Nobody is trustworthy in this story, which is interesting all the way. It should be better known.


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