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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller | 19 August 1950 (USA)
Starting with a violent prison break, clever, ruthless Ralph Cotter corrupts everyone around him.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Harry Brown (screenplay), Horace McCoy (from "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cagney ... Ralph Cotter
Barbara Payton ... Holiday Carleton
Helena Carter ... Margaret Dobson
Ward Bond ... Inspector Charles Weber
Luther Adler ... Keith 'Cherokee' Mandon
Barton MacLane ... Police 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 ... Detective Tom Gray
Kenneth Tobey ... Detective Fowler
Dan Riss ... District Attorney
Frank Reicher ... 'Doc' Darius Green
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazón de hielo See more »

Filming Locations:

Chino, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A restored version premiered at the UCLA Festival of Preservation on March 14, 2011. The restoration was a joint effort between the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Paramount Pictures and it was funded by the Packard Humanities Institute. See more »

Quotes

Holiday Carleton: He's too smart for you!
Ralph Cotter: Oh no, he stopped being smart when he took my money.
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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Looking for info. on sports car in the film.
30 August 1999 | by sobronx-4See all my reviews

This flick is awesome. James Cagney and his brother made this with their own company and had all the right ingredients for a classic good guys and bad guys gig. I can never get enough of this movie as I am enamored with everything of the 20's, through the 50's films. I am also a certified car nut and wonder if anyone can identify the huge sports car driven by the young rich woman in the film? It looks like an import but with left-hand drive, I'm not quite sure. This film is a real work of an almost lost art. Films like it can be made today (such as L.A. Confidential) but not very often. Thank you to film preservation which unfortunately is too slow to save them all.


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