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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 of the film premiered at the UCLA Festival of Preservation on March 14th, 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

Joe 'Jinx' Raynor: He ain't to be trusted.
Ralph Cotter: Why should *he* be different?
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Referenced in Best Friends (1982) See more »

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Hugely underrated film noir
29 April 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" is about a jail convict (James Cagney) who escapes from prison and goes on the run, relentlessly pursued. He eventually winds up in a small town where he gets a girl and starts a normal life, but begins to corrupt everyone around him.

The movie is not very well known and I'm not sure quite why. Although this movie might not be definitive film noir it surely carries certain elements of the genre, and of course it's got James Cagney in it, one of the ultimate veterans of the genre! Cagney delivers a really solid performance and comes across as both likable and despicable. We feel for him and those around him as his bad influence spreads and the tragic tale takes a turn for the worst.

Although it's a very clear moral tale and ends up exactly where we can expect, "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" is nevertheless a very good, underrated film whose virtually nonexistent reputation is as depressing as the film itself.


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