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Release Date:
25 December 1955 (USA) See more »
This story filmed on location... inside a woman's soul! See more »
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 »
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Fiery Red-Head Hayward Is TCM's Star of the Month
 (From Alt Film Guide. 3 September 2015, 9:13 PM, PDT)

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)

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  (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:
Don Anderson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Alcoholics Anonymous Patient (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mary Bear ... Wife (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... AA Member (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Veda Ann Borg ... Waitress (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Waiter (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Bum on Street (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Doctor (uncredited)
Henry Brock ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Budd Buster ... Streetcar Switchman (uncredited)

Timothy Carey ... Derelict (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Nightclub Patron (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)
Adolph Faylauer ... Nightclub Patron (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)
James Gonzalez ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Alcoholics Anonymous Patient (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Elizabeth Holmes ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ... MC (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Party Guest (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)
Joseph La Cava ... Waiter (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)
Philo McCullough ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Eve McVeagh ... Ethel (uncredited)
Cheerio Meredith ... Elderly Lady (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Jimmy Ogg ... Usher (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Audition Director (uncredited)
George Pembroke ... Husband (uncredited)
Voltaire Perkins ... Mr. Byrd - Movie Producer (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Alcoholics Anonymous Patient (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Bum on Street (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Alcoholics Anonymous Patient (uncredited)
Florence Ravenel ... Stage Mother (uncredited)
Vernon Rich ... Club Manager (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man in TV Audience (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Party Guest (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)
Crew verified as complete

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117 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PA (Ontario) | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #17685)

Did You Know?

In her second autobiography published in 1958, "Beyond My Worth," Lillian Roth noted that although her mother Katie spoke with a Boston accent, Jo Van Fleet portrayed Katie as sounding ethnically Eastern European Jewish.See more »
Anachronisms: After Lillian loses out on an audition at age 8, her mother speaks to her on the street in front of a Dad's Root Beer sign. This takes place in 1918. Dad's Root Beer didn't exist until 1937.See more »
Lillian Roth:What I'm doing now is 'wrong'... and I'm *doing* it!See more »
Movie Connections:
The Vagabond King WaltzSee more »


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Hayward alone makes this movie great, but the story is well told, too..., 25 July 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

Well, never mind the famous Alcoholics Anonymous ending, Susan Hayward is just fabulous through and through. This is a drama based on real life singer Lillian Roth, and Hayward (who does her own singing) pulls off both the successful early years and the decline into drinking. It's lively and vivid and tragic.

Richard Conte is second billing, and a big name at this point in his career, but he's got a small, if important, role, perfectly suited to him. I just happened to see Conte and Hayward yesterday in a movie together, "House of Strangers" (from six years earlier). The relationship of their characters is more compact and complicated here, but in both cases Conte plays a cool type, smart and in control. But Conte here has two sides, is wonderfully manipulative, and ends up having his own demons that come from drinking too much.

Hayward often plays strong characters, and emotional ones, and yet her approach is grounded with an inner calm. I'm not sure why she wasn't a legendary star the way Bette Davis and Ingrid Bergman and Joan Crawford were, because she acts her heart out and has good, rich roles. It's no surprise she got an Oscar nomination for this performance, just as she did for an earlier amazing performance as an alcoholic, the terrific 1949 "My Foolish Heart" across from Dana Andrews, who is a more compelling actor overall than Conte. Hayward did finally win that big Best Actress award for her gutsy performance in "I Want to Live" (where director Robert Wise made everything look good as well as come alive).

Jo Van Vleet, who play's Lillian Roth's mother, is scary perfect as a controlling mother with seemingly good intentions. There's no shortage of movies about mothers who mess up their daughters by trying too hard ("Mommy Dearest" is the most famous, but it gets even more sordid in "Where Love Has Gone" with Hayward playing the mother).

There is a terrible colorized version of "I'll Cry Tomorrow" out there which is best to avoid--it's a simple color palette applied across the board, and everyone comes off uniform and pasty. It matters less what color her hair is when it's simply colorless. That colorized version is also cropped (pan and scan) to fit the 4:3 format of television, and the original is shot with some helpful moderately wide widescreen expansiveness, so the edges of faces don't get chopped. Arthur Arling's cinematography is very good in the way that all movies were at this point, but it isn't remarkable on its own terms. The soundtrack, by the way, is interesting to many because it has Hayward singing rather rich versions of some standards of Roth's.

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