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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
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Harry Brown (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 August 1950 (USA) See more »
Unarmed... He's dangerous. Armed... He's Lethal. See more »
Starting with a violent prison break, clever, ruthless Ralph Cotter corrupts everyone around him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Underrated gangster/film-noir gem See more (40 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Ralph Cotter

Barbara Payton ... Holiday Carleton
Helena Carter ... Margaret Dobson

Ward Bond ... Insp. Charles Weber

Luther Adler ... Keith 'Cherokee' Mandon

Barton MacLane ... Lt. John Reece

Steve Brodie ... Joe 'Jinx' Raynor

Rhys Williams ... Vic Mason
Herbert Heyes ... Ezra Dobson

John Litel ... Police Chief Sam Tolgate

William Frawley ... Byers

Robert Karnes ... Det. Gray

Kenneth Tobey ... Det. Fowler
Dan Riss ... District Attorney

Frank Reicher ... 'Doc' Darius Green
John Halloran ... Peter Cobbett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Larry J. Blake ... Telephone voice (uncredited)

Neville Brand ... Carleton (uncredited)

William Cagney ... Ralph's Brother (uncredited)

Georgia Caine ... Julia (uncredited)
John Daheim ... David - Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Apperson (uncredited)
King Donovan ... Driver (uncredited)
Dan Ferniel ... Highness - Mandon's Houseboy (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Clerk of Court (uncredited)

Clark Howat ... Intern (uncredited)

Frank Marlowe ... Joe - Milkman (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Police Desk Sgt. Satterfield (uncredited)
Charles Meredith ... Fred Golightly, Attorney (uncredited)

William Murphy ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Fred Revelala ... Rafael (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Sid--Mob Collector (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Butler (uncredited)
Ric Roman ... Mob Collector (uncredited)
George Spaulding ... Judge George Spaulding (uncredited)
Mark Strong ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Ann Tyrrell ... Miss Staines (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Doctor (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Mr. Hartford (uncredited)
Ilka Windish ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
Writing credits
Harry Brown (screenplay)

Horace McCoy (from "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye")

Produced by
William Cagney .... producer
Original Music by
Carmen Dragon 
Cinematography by
J. Peverell Marley (director of photography) (as Peverell Marley)
Film Editing by
Walter Hannemann 
Truman K. Wood 
Production Design by
Wiard Ihnen 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish  (as Joe Kish)
Makeup Department
Otis Malcolm .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (as William Kissel)
Sound Department
William H. Lynch .... sound (as William Lynch)
Special Effects by
Paul Eagler .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adele Parmenter .... wardrobe
Music Department
Carmen Dragon .... musical director (uncredited)
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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | France:16 | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14661) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Did You Know?

The film was banned in Ohio due to its sordid, sadistic presentation of brutality and its detailed stages in the commission of criminal acts.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Best Friends (1982)See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Underrated gangster/film-noir gem, 9 September 1999
Author: Shawn Taber ( from Rock Forest, Quebec

I can't believe that this film is not well known. Get rid of the terrible courtroom framing device, and you have a gangster masterpiece. Coming on the heels of Cagney's better known White Heat, this film takes violence and corruption to a new level. This film starts off with a brutal jail break and never slows down. The cold blooded violence portrayed is quite jaw dropping. Cagney was born to play this role. He is clearly relishing his cold blooded character. The freshness of this film is surprising. You are totally caught off guard. In this sense, it reminds me most of Kiss Me Deadly. For anyone with a passing interest in Cagney, or gangster films, or film-noir, or film violence, watch this film!!!!!!!

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