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Hold Back Tomorrow (1955)

A condemned murderer, scheduled to hang in the morning, asks for the company of a woman in his final hours.

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Joe Cardos
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Dora
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Dallas Boyd ...
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Clara
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Arlene Harris ...
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Kay Riehl ...
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Joe Cardos, a death row inmate in some unidentified country, is to face the gallows in the morning for strangling three women. Filled with bitterness at the world, and perhaps himself, Joe lashes out at the warden and guards' attempts at making his final hours a little easier, and refuses to see either his sister or the prison chaplain. However, Joe does change his mind about being granted a last request, one the prison is obligated by law to fulfill: He asks for a woman's company so he can have some "fun" in the time that's left. After asking around, two police detectives show up at the prison with a down-on-her-luck former "waitress" named Dora, who earlier that night had tried to drown herself. Dora, totally broke and feeling she has nothing to lose, has agreed to spend the night with Joe in his cell. As she sees it, the money she's being offered should be enough for "a decent funeral." Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Joe Cardos: I had a dream last night. A strange dream. I walked to the gallows, and they put the noose around my neck. Dropped the trapdoor. The rope broke, and I -- I fell to the ground. Then the prison bells started to ring. As if to proclaim a miracle had occurred. You see, the, the law says that when something like this happens, the convict's life must be spared. It's considered a sign of Providence. Eh, I guess Providence can't be bothered to perform miracles for my sake. When I woke up, I -- I could ...
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One of Haas's Better Attempts
26 October 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

I would love to see a Hugo Haas festival. At a theater or on television. If anyone was an auteur, it was Haas. His movies are similar to but better than those of Ed Wood. They are below the standards of some other contemporaries. But they seem to have been shot with little money.

Here we have a brunette Cleo Moore and Death Row inmate John Agar. She is a self-described "pickup girl." She looks it, too. It's very sleazy -- as it is meant to be.

This basically two-character piece was ahead of its time. I can imagine it with Al Pacino and Edie Falco.


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