James Cagney "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" (1950) Full Movie

by: Mike Corleone     Published on: 28 March 2017

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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.CastJames Cagney as Ralph CotterBarbara Payton as Holiday CarletonHelena Carter as Margaret DobsonWard Bond as Insp. Charles WeberLuther Adler as Keith 'Cherokee' MandonBarton MacLane as Lt. John ReeceSteve Brodie as Joe 'Jinx' RaynorRhys Williams as Vic MasonHerbert Heyes as Ezra DobsonJohn Litel as Police Chief TolgateWilliam Frawley as Byers