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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 Tolgate
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Byers
Robert Karnes ...
Det. Gray
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Det. Fowler
Dan Riss ...
District Attorney
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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 whole blistering story of the crimson-stained career of Ralph Cotter, thug with a heart... of ice! See more »


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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 »

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Ralph Cotter: And now, would one fugitive from justice care to fix another fugitive from justice... a sandwich?
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very watchable Cagney flick
22 January 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While this is not a great Cagney flick and it has a few silly plot elements, it is a surprisingly good film. This film immediately followed Cagney's best film (WHITE HEAT) and is a slight letdown because of this.

Mostly I like the movie because the plot, for a Noir film, takes so many odd and difficult to predict turns--it certainly is NOT like most of the other gangster films you've seen. Cagney isn't quite the total nut case he was in WHITE HEAT, but plays a Narcissistic Antisocial criminal. He has zero regard for others and is naturally drawn to the criminal life. BUT, because of his intense narcissism (i.e., self love), he cannot imagine his complex schemes and double-dealing NOT succeeding. He certainly BELIEVES in himself! At first, this makes him a very successful hood (which feeds his ego) and so he takes another risk (feeding his ego) and another and another until he ultimately destroys himself due to his arrogance.

So, I like the plot and interesting character study. The negative I noticed in the film is that some of the supporting cast really didn't seem like very good actors (particularly his blonde girlfriend). Maybe that's because Cagney IS the entire show.


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