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Director:
Writers:
Helen Deutsch (screenplay) and
Jay Richard Kennedy (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 December 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Filmed on location; inside a woman's soul. See more »
Plot:
Deprived of a normal childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway and Hollywood before she is twenty... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(4 articles)
The top 10 Oscars books | Peter Bradshaw
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 24 February 2011, 9:02 AM, PST)

Actors on Actors: "The Susan Hayward of it All"
 (From FilmExperience. 28 September 2010, 8:31 PM, PDT)

Hayward on My Mind.
 (From FilmExperience. 30 June 2010, 11:12 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
My Life Was Never My Own See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Susan Hayward ... Lillian Roth

Richard Conte ... Tony Bardeman

Eddie Albert ... Burt McGuire

Jo Van Fleet ... Katie Roth
Don Taylor ... Wallie

Ray Danton ... David Tredman
Margo ... Selma

Virginia Gregg ... Ellen

Don 'Red' Barry ... Jerry (as Don Barry)
David Kasday ... David as a Child
Carole Ann Campbell ... Lillian as a Child
Peter Leeds ... Richard
Tol Avery ... Fat Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Bear ... Wife (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... AA Member (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Veda Ann Borg ... Waitress (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Doctor (uncredited)
Henry Brock ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Budd Buster ... Streetcar Switchman (uncredited)

Timothy Carey ... Derelict (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Lucille Curtis ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Jack Daly ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Robert Dix ... Henry (uncredited)
Joe Duval ... Bartender (uncredited)

Ralph Edwards ... Ralph Edwards (uncredited)
Kay English ... Dress Designer (uncredited)
Stanley Farrar ... Movie Director (uncredited)
Jerrilyn Flannery ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen ... The Porter (uncredited)
Gail Ganley ... Lillian Roth - Age 15 (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Restaurant Cashier (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Elizabeth Holmes ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ... MC (uncredited)
Sonny Howe ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)
Anthony Jochim ... Paul - Butler (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Alcoholics Anonymous Patient (uncredited)
Marc Krah ... Barfly (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Barfly (uncredited)
Eddie Lee ... Chinese Grocer (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Studio Messenger (uncredited)
Alyn Lockwood ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Streetcar Conductor (uncredited)
Nora Marlowe ... Nurse (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Eve McVeagh ... Ethel (uncredited)
Cheerio Meredith ... Elderly Lady (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Jimmy Ogg ... Usher (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Audition Director (uncredited)
George Pembroke ... Husband (uncredited)
Voltaire Perkins ... Mr. Byrd - Movie Producer (uncredited)
Florence Ravenel ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Vernon Rich ... Club Manager (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man in TV Audience (uncredited)

George Selk ... Switchman (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ruth Storey ... Marge Belney (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Audition Stage Manager (uncredited)
Bill Walker ... Porter (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Barfly (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Bernadette Withers ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Jeane Wood ... Stage Mother (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Mann 
 
Writing credits
Helen Deutsch (screenplay) and
Jay Richard Kennedy (screenplay)

Lillian Roth (book "I'll Cry Tomorrow") and
Mike Connolly (book "I'll Cry Tomorrow") and
Gerold Frank (book "I'll Cry Tomorrow")

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur E. Arling (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold F. Kress 
 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Brown 
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Music Department
Johnny Green .... music supervisor
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Jeff Alexander .... choral director (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator: Alex North (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... conductor (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jack Marshall .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Robert Tucker .... vocal coach (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
117 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PA (Ontario) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #17685)

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Trivia:
In March 1955, The Hollywood Reporter wrote that nine-year-old Lana Wood had tested to play Lillian Roth as a child. In May, the trade paper noted that Thelma Ritter was being considered for the role of Lillian's mother Katie.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Lillian sits at a desk and begins to write a suicide note on a pad of paper. When she rises from the desk to walk to the window the pad of paper, as well as the pen, are nowhere in sight.See more »
Quotes:
Lillian Roth:What I'm doing now is 'wrong'... and I'm *doing* it!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Sing You SinnersSee more »

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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
My Life Was Never My Own, 20 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I'll Cry Tomorrow was the title of the autobiography of Lillian Roth, former singing star of the Twenties and Early Thirties whose career like her contemporary Helen Morgan took a nose dive into the toilet. Unlike Morgan, Roth survived to tell about it and became one of the first name clients of Alcholics Anonymous.

That does seem like an oxymoron because as an organization AA does survive on the anonymity of its members. But Lillian Roth went public with her story as a warning to those becoming to dependent on alcohol.

Susan Hayward gave one of her best screen performances ever in essaying the part of Lillian Roth. In fact she does her own singing here and even made a record of four of the songs she sang in this film, When the Red Red Robin, Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe, Sing You Sinners, and Waltz Hugette. She had previously played singers in With a Song In My Heart and Smash-Up, but was dubbed by others.

Hayward was an amazing talent, even in some of her worst films she comes across like no other actress. Even Bette Davis who could chew scenery in a bad film to make it entertaining could never hold a candle to my fellow Brooklynite, Susan Hayward. That she could sing too, is no surprise to me.

Probably Lillian Roth's best known screen roles are in Cecil B. DeMille's Madam Satan, in the Marx Brothers comedy, Animal Crackers and in the first screen version of the Vagabond King. The first two are out, I wish the third was also, a print might no longer exist.

Jo Van Fleet played Hayward's mother, the Jewish stage mother from the lower depths. Van Fleet gave one of her most acclaimed performances here. Her Jewish New York accent is the only clue to Lillian's ethnic background. It's a sad portrayal of a woman who both lived vicariously through her daughter and is pushing her because she wants her not to have as tough a life as she had.

Richard Conte, Ray Danton, Don Taylor, and Eddie Albert all play men in in Roth's life and though the protagonist is a woman, each of the guys makes an indelible image. Ray Danton plays her boyhood fiancé who dies young and helps start Lillian's downward spiral. In that Roth's story was very similar to that other star of the Twenties Marilyn Miller who lost a husband early and never recovered from it. That's all depicted in the Marilyn Miller biographical film, Look for the Silver Lining from 20th Century Fox a few years before this.

Hayward got a deserved Oscar nomination for this part, but lost to Anna Magnani. That was a year for substance abuse because Frank Sinatra got a nomination for playing a junkie in The Man With the Golden Arm. Both Sue and Frank went through gut wrenching withdrawal scenes in both films.

I'll Cry Tomorrow is always listed among the five best films of Susan Hayward's. It's some people's personal favorite and while mine happens to be I Want to Live, this one is right up there.

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