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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

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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.more
Rating: R (some sexual content)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Horace McCoy, Harry Brown
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 26, 2002
Runtime:
Warner Bros.

Cast

James Cagney
as Ralph Cotter
Barbara Payton
as Holiday Carleton
Ward Bond
as Insp. Charles Weber
Barton MacLane
as Lt. John Reece
Helena Carter
as Margaret Dobson
Luther Adler
as Cherokee Mandon
Steve Brodie
as Jinx Raynor
Rhys Williams
as Vic Mason
Herbert Heyes
as Ezra Dobson
John Litel
as Chief of Police Tolg...
Dan Riss
as District Attorney
Frank Reicher
as Doc Green
Neville Brand
as Carleton
Jack Gargan
as Clerk of Court
Frank Marlowe
as Joe, the Milkman
Mack Williams
as Hartford
Ann Tyrrell
as Miss Staines
William Murphy
as Motorcycle Policeman
Dan Ferniel
as Highness
Matt McHugh
as Satterfield
Charles Meredith
as Mr. Golightly
Dick Rich
as Collector
Ric Roman
as Collector
Tom Dillon
as Apperson
William Cagney
as Ralph's Brother
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News & Interviews for Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Critic Reviews for Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Brutal and cynical.

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

October 7, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

I rented this film because of Barbara Payton, little did I know that James Cagney would be the main star. Cagney was outstanding in his role as a gangster, and Payton played his crime gal and did an excellent job. Its a early Black and White film that will hold your interest. We have crooked detectives, a pissed off girlfriend and a secret lover, everything that makes a good film. A 4 star film.

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Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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!

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!

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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.


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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."

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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


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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)."

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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...


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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

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