Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

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Based on a novel by Horace McCoy (They Shoot Horses, Don't They), Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye offers James Cagney at his nastiest. The star plays career criminal Ralph Cotter, who gets things started by violently busting out of jail, then murdering his partner in crime. Seeking out female companionship, he "courts" his ex-partner's sister Holiday (Barbara Payton) by beating her black and blue. After committing a robbery, he is approached by two crooked cops who want a piece of the action. Blackmailing the cops, Cotter gains control of the situation. Is there any way to stop this fascinating creep? Filmgoers in Ohio never found out, because Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye was banned in that state as "a sordid, sadistic presentation of brutality and an extreme presentation of crime with explicit steps in commission." Supporting Cagney are Luther Adler as his equally crooked lawyer, Ward Bond and Barton MacLane as the dishonest cops, and Cagney's brother William (who produced the film) as Ralph Cotter's brother.
Rating:
R (some sexual content)
Genre:
Classics , Documentary , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
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Studio:
Warner Bros.

Cast

James Cagney
as Ralph Cotter
Ward Bond
as Insp. Charles Weber
John Litel
as Chief of Police Tolgate
Kenneth Tobey
as Fowler
Barton MacLane
as Lt. John Reece
Rhys Williams
as Vic Mason
Helena Carter
as Margaret Dobson
Steve Brodie
as Jinx Raynor
Luther Adler
as Cherokee Mandon
Neville Brand
as Carleton
Barbara Payton
as Holiday Carleton
King Donovan
as Driver
Ric Roman
as Collector
Herbert Heyes
as Ezra Dobson
Matt McHugh
as Satterfield
Frank Reicher
as Doc Green
Tom Dillon
as Apperson
Charles Meredith
as Mr. Golightly
Dan Riss
as District Attorney
Frank Marlowe
as Joe, the Milkman
William Murphy
as Motorcycle Policeman
Clark Howat
as Intern
Frank Wilcox
as Doctor
William Cagney
as Ralph's Brother
Dick Rich
as Collector
Mack Williams
as Hartford
Ann Tyrrell
as Miss Staines
John Halloran
as Cobbett
Jack Gargan
as Clerk of Court
Thomas P. Dillon
as Apperson
Dan Ferniel
as Highness
Fred Revelala
as Rafael
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Critic Reviews for Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

All Critics (3)

Brutal and cynical.

Full Review… | January 21, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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October 7, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
CinemaZone.dk

Audience Reviews for Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

½

Almost as good as Cagney's White Heat he filmed a year prior. This one is more suspenseful and not as evenly paced maybe, but still a great!

Darrin Craig
Darrin Craig

Better than I ever thought possible! A title like this HAS to be great, and this was GREAT. Fast paced crime drama. Cagney NEVER better, as only Cagney can play it! [img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTJ0NhoO55EN1WvM1LhIP1tLEU3QjM0KUG6832s7ARRHwN2eH9fjg[/img] SEE it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lluoYqs58w Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is a 1950 film noir starring James Cagney, directed by Gordon Douglas, produced by William Cagney and based on the novel by Horace McCoy. [img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zC_B7k6w_Pk/UHw2TsWZxXI/AAAAAAABSgg/WY3cae9dyLQ/s400/420777_4583369420135_771592525_n.jpg[/img] NOTES: 1 The film was banned in Ohio as "a sordid, sadistic presentation of brutality and an extreme presentation of crime with explicit steps in commission." [img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7138/7541586080_a26b56ae1a.jpg[/img] Cast[edit] James Cagney as Ralph Cotter Barbara Payton as Holiday Carleton Helena Carter as Margaret Dobson Ward Bond as Insp. Charles Weber Luther Adler as Keith 'Cherokee' Mandon Barton MacLane as Lt. John Reece Steve Brodie as Joe 'Jinx' Raynor Rhys Williams as Vic Mason Herbert Heyes as Ezra Dobson John Litel as Police Chief Tolgate William Frawley as Byers [img]http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/5603/ktg.png[/img] Fred Camper, film critic for The Chicago Reader, called the film mis-directed, writing, "Gordon Douglas's direction is almost incoherent compared to Raoul Walsh's in White Heat (1949), Film critic Dennis Schwartz generally liked the film and wrote, "This is an energetic straightforward crime drama based on the book by Horace McCoy (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?) and the screen play, which hardly makes sense and is the root of the film's problems, is by Harry Brown. Gordon M. Douglas (Come Fill the Cup/Only the Valiant) helms it by keeping it fast-paced, brutal and cynical, and lets star James Cagney pick up where he left off in the year earlier White Heat as an unsympathetic mad dog killer. This was an even tougher film, but the crowds didn't respond to it as favorably as they did to White Heat (which seems odd, since it's basically the same type of B-movie)." [img]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51yqc%2BKf%2BIL._SY300_.jpg[/img] REVIEWS by the unpaid: 90% Almost as good as Cagney's White Heat he filmed a year prior. This one is more suspenseful and not as evenly paced maybe, but still a great! 40% More of a slow drama than anything else. I would've given it a lowere rating if James Cagney wasn't in it, but he can make anything worth a little more... [img]https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/proxy/GtdhFgU2YntY08oIA9ouN9eszrEov7inNHWvKTljFbk6_Nxbd69CCFyVp4rk8LgjDYwoYI1Yuv6kNy886c7Sh4eNlJo%3Dw426-h320-n[/img] If she could not have Cagney.. Directed by Gordon Douglas Produced by William Cagney Screenplay by Harry Brown Based on the novel Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye by Horace McCoy Music by Carmen Dragon Cinematography J. Peverell Marley Editing by Walter Hannemann Truman K. Wood Studio William Cagney Productions Distributed by Warner Bros. Release dates August 4, 1950 (United States) Running time 102 minutes Country United States Language English [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSIH3wn28dB-llBw2mp2e3cJNJBZJ9Ip9ajJ_YNiqKr3XjDIBWS[/img] [img]https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSuSozn61UmAB7AC6fATEgWMkVPZCjJV20sJncwWCUx32oSH_1b[/img]

monsieur rick
monsieur rick
½

Almost as good as Cagney's White Heat he filmed a year prior. This one is more suspenseful and not as evenly paced maybe, but still a great!

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