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Based on a novel by Horace McCoy (Horace McCoy), 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


James Cagney
as Ralph Cotter
Barbara Payton
as Holiday Carleton
Helena Carter
as Margaret Dobson
Ward Bond
as Inspector Weber
Luther Adler
as Cherokee Mandon
Barton MacLane
as Reece
Steve Brodie
as Jinx Raynor
Rhys Williams
as Vic Mason
Herbert Heyes
as Ezra Dobson
John Litel
as Chief of Police Tolgate
William Frawley
as Byers
Kenneth Tobey
as Detective Fowler
Dan Riss
as District Attorney
Frank Reicher
as Doc Green
John Halloran
as Cobbett
Gordon Richards
as Butler
King Donovan
as Driver
Ilka Windish
Dick Rich
Frank Marlowe
as Joe, the Milkman
Jack Gargan
as Clerk of Court
Neville Brand
as Carleton
Charles Meredith
as Mr. Golightly
Ann Tyrrell
as Miss Staines
Mark Strong
as Bailiff
William Cagney
as Ralph's Brother
Matt McHugh
as Satterfield
Clark Howat
as Intern
Frank Wilcox
as Doctor


William Cagney
Horace McCoy
Book Author
J. Peverell Marley
Joe Kish
Set Designer
Adele Parmenter
Costume Designer
Paul Eagler
Special Effects
William Kissell
First Assistant Director
Otis Malcolm