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I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

Deprived of a normal childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway and Hollywood before she is twenty. Shortly before her marriage to her childhood ... See full summary »

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Daniel Mann

Writers:

Helen Deutsch (screenplay), Jay Richard Kennedy (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Kasday ... David - as a Child
Carole Ann Campbell Carole Ann Campbell ... Lillian - as a Child
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Richard
Tol Avery ... Fat Man
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Storyline

Deprived of a normal childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway and Hollywood before she is twenty. Shortly before her marriage to her childhood sweetheart, David Tredman, he dies and Lillian takes her first drink of many down the road of becoming an alcoholic. She enters into a short-lived marriage to an immature aviation cadet, Wallie, followed by a divorce and then marriage to a sadistic brute and abuser Tony Bardeman. After a failed suicide attempt, Burt McGuire comes to her aid and helps her find the road back to happiness after sixteen years in a nightmare world, not counting the first twenty with her mother. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This story filmed on location... inside a woman's soul! See more »

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mañana lloraré See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,147,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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At the end of the film when Lillian walks down the isle of the TV studio, she passes about 13 rows in a medium shot. In the next close-up shot, she is much further back in the isle, still walking as her name is announced. See more »

Quotes

Lillian Roth: What I'm doing now is 'wrong'... and I'm *doing* it!
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Connections

Referenced in An Early Frost (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Sing You Sinners
Music by W. Franke Harling (uncredited)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow (uncredited)
Sung and Danced by Susan Hayward (as Miss Hayward) and chorus
Arranged and conducted by Charles Henderson (uncredited)
Brief reprise in a medley montage by Susan Hayward (vocal) and Eddie Albert (piano)
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You'll Be Optimistic Tomorrow After Seeing this Film
15 December 2005 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

One of the best pictures ever made showcasing the talent of the brilliant Susan Hayward.

Miss Hayward was never better as Lillian Roth. Her drunk scenes are unbelievably realistic. Just ask any alcoholic.

Susan Hayward was equally matched by the terrific supporting performance of Jo Van Fleet as her mother. Van Fleet would win the coveted Oscar that same year (1955) for "East of Eden." I'll never understand why. She was far better as Katie Roth.

Hayward, who did her own singing, did very well. It is even said that Lillian Roth tried to emulate Hayward, when trying to make a comeback.

The film co-stars Ray Danton as Hayward's ill-fated fiancé, whose death from an apparent rapidly growing brain tumor, sets Roth on a downward spiral. Don Taylor, who would later become a director, is effective as Wallie, the guy who Roth marries when she is dead drunk. Richard Conte steals the show as the brutal Tony, who takes Roth for a ride, before she dumps him in California.

Eddie Albert, in one of his greatest roles, is terrific as Burt McGuire from AA. A recovering alcoholic, still hesitant about life, he acted beautifully in some memorable scenes.

Hayward's singing and dancing, especially in the number, Sing You Sinners from the Vagabond King, is marvelously staged.

Susan Hayward began her long trek in playing troubled women in the 1947 hit Smash-Up: The Story of A Woman. Both she and Eddie Albert got great experience for their parts, 8 years later, in this fabulous movie.


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