MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,935 this week

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

 -  Crime | Film-Noir | Drama  -  4 August 1950 (USA)
7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 975 users  
Reviews: 36 user | 19 critic

Starting with a violent prison break, clever, ruthless Ralph Cotter corrupts everyone around him.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (from "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye")
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 23 Oct 2010
 
a list of 25 titles
created 18 May 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 15 Jul 2012
 
a list of 3752 titles
created 31 Jul 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Although innocent, reporter Frank Ross is found guilty of murder and is sent to jail. While his friends at the newspaper try to find out who framed him, Frank gets hardened by prison life ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: James Cagney, George Raft, Jane Bryan
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Paul Langton, Barbara Payton, Robert Shayne
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An unpolished racketeer, whose racket is finding heirs for unclaimed fortunes, affects ethics and tea-drinking manners to win back the sweetheart who now works for his seemingly upright competitor.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: James Cagney, Bette Davis, Allen Jenkins
Bad Blonde (1953)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A scheming blonde seduces a fighter and convinces him to murder her husband, a fight manager.

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: Barbara Payton, Frederick Valk, John Slater
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When spy chief Bob Sharkey finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent, his strategic decision not to arrest him results in tragedy.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: James Cagney, Annabella, Richard Conte
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A dedicated American reporter in 1930's Japan, is determined to expose that government's plan for world domination.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: James Cagney, Sylvia Sidney, Porter Hall
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A charismatic peddler from the bayous finds his true calling in politics. Is he a demagogue in the making?

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Hale, Anne Francis
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Loose biography of actor Lon Chaney. Growing up with deaf parents, he learns what it is like to be different. As an actor, he puts that knowledge (together with lots of make-up and talent) ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Pevney
Stars: James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer
Cry Danger (1951)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Ex-con Rocky Mulloy seeks the real culprit in the crime he was framed for, in a night world of deceptive dames and double crosses.

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Dick Powell, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Erdman
Great Guy (1936)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The adventures of an investigator (Cagney) for the Bureau of Weights and Measures.

Director: John G. Blystone
Stars: James Cagney, Mae Clarke, James Burke
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Thelma Jordon is in love with a jewel thief, Tony Laredo, and he persuades her to go live with her rich aunt, and steal her jewels. During the robbery, she shoots her formerly-rich aunt, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Young boxer Jim Hunt, resting at a New Mexico "health ranch," meets and falls for Peggy Harmon, former nightclub table singer...who needs $600 more for her sickly son to stay in the place. ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: James Cagney, Marian Nixon, Guy Kibbee
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Barbara Payton ...
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 Tolgate
...
Byers
Robert Karnes ...
Det. Gray
...
Det. Fowler
Dan Riss ...
District Attorney
...
'Doc' Darius Green
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

As only James Cagney can portray it! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 August 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón de hielo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Absolutely Stunning!!
10 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I've seen just about everything there is to see in the world of Cinema. I've seen Rouben Mamoulian, 68years ago, create the definitive monster movie, I've seen Pekinpah's Wild Bunch go out in slo mo glory, I've seen Chow Yun Fat bleed his way through two hours, I've seen Cagney go out in a white heat at the top of the world, I've seen Belafonte lay Odds Against Tomorrow. I had honestly thought I had run out of surprises, I had seen everything worth seeing.

I was wrong.

I picked up, pretty much because of reviews I read here, this movie KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE. A little nothing, throwaway flick, that was done on the heels of Cagney's wildly popular WHITE HEAT, and was pretty much ignored upon release. It's said Cagney disliked the idea of doing another gangster picture. Thank goodness he decided to do it anyway, because this movie... out and out floored me!

It's hard to call a movie from 50years ago brutal, and justify it. However that's just what this movie is, deep in the bone, teeth rattling, brutal. In a world of Scorcese and Coppola Gangster riffs, Hong Kong Cinema, Slasher movies, and the nightly news it's hard to account for this movies impact.

There's nothing tangible in this movie, in a world of shock cinema, that one could call shocking. But yet... this movie has power, and energy, and yes a sense of brutality that blows away any dozen modern movies full of blood, or body parts.

This movies appeal is difficult to explain, but I guess if you had to sum it up in three words, it would be Cagney...CAGney...CAGNEY!!!

Today's movies for all their CGI brilliance lack the type of center, and ,if you like, romanticism that actors like Cagney and Bogart and Raft, and directors like Raoul Walsh, and in this case Gordon Douglass, brought to the table. Particularly in the hard-boiled flicks, a menace that was somehow felt, rather than seen, and therefore more powerful.

I could go on, but all you need to know is that this movie in a world that has forgotten it, outgrown it, outbled it, is the finest of its breed. Better than those that came before, superior to those that came after. It is the quintessential Gangster Pic. Highest Recommendation!

p.s. And I have to mention, I thought the courtroom scenes were well done and necessary, and everyone turned in great performances, especially the beautiful Holiday Carleton as Barbara Payton, who becomes Cagney's reluctant partner in crime. Cagney turning in his most ferocious and seductive performance, is matched by Holiday. Her tension, and wild lilting ferocity and fear, burning through the movie like a fuse, until it explodes! Mesmerizing!! A must see movie!


15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The variety in Cagney roles Tony43
That Car! williesutt
Barbara Payton catwoman36
KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE isleoffury
Neville Brand 42ndStreetMemories
Discuss Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?