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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.


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 Tolgate
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
Dan Ferniel
as Highness
William Murphy
as Motorcycle Policeman
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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Critic Reviews for Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

All Critics (4)

An old-fashioned gangster shocker-not good, but you've often seen worse.

November 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Brutal and cynical.

January 21, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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