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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Director: Gordon Douglas (Dir)
Release Date:   19 Aug 1950
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 4 Aug 1950
Production Date:   15 Apr--mid-May 1950
Duration (in mins):   102-103
Duration (in feet):   9,202
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Cast:   James Cagney (Ralph Cotter)  
    Barbara Payton (Holiday Carleton)  
    Helena Carter (Margaret Dobson)  
    Ward Bond (Inspector Charles Weber)  
    Luther Adler (Cherokee Mandon)  
    Barton MacLane (John Reece)  
    Steve Brodie (Jinx Raynor)  
    Rhys Williams (Vic Mason)  
    Herbert Heyes (Ezra Dobson)  
    John Litel (Chief of police Tolgate)  
    William Frawley (Byers)  
    Robert Karnes (Gray)  
    Kenneth Tobey (Fowler)  
    Dan Riss (District Attorney)  
    Frank Reicher (Doc Green)  
    John Halloran (Peter Cobbett)  
    Neville Brand (Ralph Carleton)  
    George Spaulding (Judge)  
    Mark Strong (Bailiff)  
    Jack Gargan (Clerk of the court)  
    Frank Marlowe (Joe, milkman)  
    Mack Williams (Hartford)  
    Ann Tyrrell (Miss Staines)  
    Clark Howatt (Intern)  
    John Day (Motorcycle policeman)  
    William Murphy (Motorcycle policeman)  
    Daniel Ferniel (Highness)  
    Matt McHugh (Satterfield)  
    Georgia Caine (Julia)  
    Charles Meredith (Mr. Golightly)  
    King Donovan (Driver)  
    Dick Rich (Collector)  
    Ric Roman (Collector)  
    Gordon Richards (Butler)  
    Fred Revelala (Rafael)  
    Frank Wilcox (Doctor)  
    Thomas Dillon (Apperson)  

Summary: Seven people are on trial for several related murders: Holiday Carleton, former policemen Charles Weber and John Reece, Cherokee Mandon, an attorney, Peter Cobbett, a former guard at the state penal farm, and criminals Vic Mason and Jinx Raynor. Cobbett is called to the stand and testifies about events which took place four months earlier: At the state prison farm, prisoner Ralph Cotter retrieves a bag of guns that have been hidden by Cobbett. Later, he and Ralph Carleton, another convict, attempt an escape. Carleton is wounded, and Cotter coldbloodedly kills him before joining Holiday, Carleton's sister, and Jinx in the waiting car, where he claims that a guard killed Carleton. In a nearby town, the escapees return the car to Vic Mason's garage. Later, Cotter hides out in Holiday's apartment. When she tries to get rid of him, he reminds her that she shot a guard and, because of that, is wanted by the police. Later, with Jinx's help, Cotter robs a market to pay Holiday's debt to Mason. When Mason criticizes Cotter for committing a crime in the town in which they are hiding, Cotter beats him up. Acting on a tip from Mason, Reece and Weber trace Cotter to Holiday's apartment, where they confiscate the remaining money and order Cotter to leave town. When Cotter learns that Weber is a police inspector, he orders Jinx to wire the apartment, and later records the policemen agreeing to split the take from a payroll robbery. Cotter and Jinx then contact Doc Green, a former attorney, who now works as a spiritualist, and demand the name of a lawyer who can help them. Green suggests Cherokee Mandon. Mandon is the next witness to take the stand and claims that he was coerced into helping Cotter: When Cotter visits Mandon at home and tells him about the tape recording of Weber and Reece, he believes they are trying to get him disbarred. Cotter then kidnaps Mandon at gunpoint and plays him the recording. When Weber and Reece return to Holiday's apartment, Mandon plays the recording for them. Weber threatens to kill them all, but Mandon informs him that copies of the tape have been sent to friends. Later, Cotter waits for Green's assistant, Margaret Dobson, the unruly daughter of wealthy Ezra Dobson, head of a steel company and the most powerful man in the state. Although Mandon warns Cotter against Margaret, Cotter ignores him and marries her. Dobson is furious and announces that he will have the marriage annulled. Cotter refuses to leave Margaret, but when Dobson asks him to formally renounce all rights to the Dobson fortune, he withdraws and agrees to the annulment. Cotter then starts to rob a bookie operation but, impressed by the operation's income, decides instead to take over the organization. Meanwhile, two investigators question Mason. Jinx now takes the stand: After the robbery, he waits at Holiday's apartment for Cotter's return. Later, Mandon tells Cotter that Dobson has been looking for him, and Holiday learns about Cotter's marriage. Dobson informs Cotter that Margaret still loves him and the marriage has not been annulled. He adds that Margaret's personal fortune is greater than his own. Margaret suggests that they leave town immediately and Cotter agrees. He returns to Holiday's apartment to pick up his things, but before he can leave, Holiday murders him in retaliation for killing her brother. The investigators then break into her apartment and arrest her. 

Production Company: Cagney Productions, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Gordon Douglas (Dir)
  William Kissel (Asst dir)
Producer: William Cagney (Prod)
Writer: Harry Brown (Scr)
Photography: Peverell Marley (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Wiard Ihnen (Prod des)
Film Editor: Truman K. Wood (Film ed)
  Walter Hanneman (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Joe Kish (Set dec)
Costumes: Adele Parmenter (Ward)
Music: Carmen Dragon (Mus)
Sound: William Lynch (Sd)
Special Effects: Paul Eagler (Spec eff)
Make Up: Otis Malcolm (Makeup artist)
Country: United States

Source Text: Based on the novel Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye by Horace McCoy (New York, 1948).
Authors: Horace McCoy

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Cagney Productions, Inc. 31/8/1950 dd/mm/yyyy LP333

Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Recording

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Crime
Subjects (Major): Convicts
  Police corruption
Subjects (Minor): Blackmail
  Brothers and sisters
  Fathers and daughters
  Prison escapes

Note: Some scenes in this film were shot on location at a farm near Chino, CA and at a Glendale, CA market. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Box Office   22 Jul 1950.   
Daily Variety   1 Aug 50   p. 3.
Film Daily   2 Aug 50   p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter   17 Apr 50   p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter   9 May 50   p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter   1 Aug 50   p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest   5 Aug 50   p. 413.
New York Times   5 Aug 50   p. 9.
Variety   2 Aug 50   p. 16.
Variety   13 Sep 1950.   

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