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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Hugely underrated film noir
29 April 2005 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" is about a jail convict (James Cagney) who escapes from prison and goes on the run, relentlessly pursued. He eventually winds up in a small town where he gets a girl and starts a normal life, but begins to corrupt everyone around him.

The movie is not very well known and I'm not sure quite why. Although this movie might not be definitive film noir it surely carries certain elements of the genre, and of course it's got James Cagney in it, one of the ultimate veterans of the genre! Cagney delivers a really solid performance and comes across as both likable and despicable. We feel for him and those around him as his bad influence spreads and the tragic tale takes a turn for the worst.

Although it's a very clear moral tale and ends up exactly where we can expect, "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" is nevertheless a very good, underrated film whose virtually nonexistent reputation is as depressing as the film itself.

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