Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
James Cagney plays Ralph Cotter, a career criminal who escapes from prison, then murders his partner in crime. Along they way he attempts to woo his ex partner's sister (Barbara Payton) by threatening to expose her role in his escape. Cotter quickly gets back into the crime business only to be shaken down by local corrupt cops.
There are plenty of fine moments in this James Cagney crime drama (mostly from Cagney); it's also surprisingly violent for a film mde in 1950. Ultimately Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is let down by a somewhat unfocused script, and two ordinary performances from an overwrought Barbara Payton and a superfluous and slightly annoying Helena Carter.
It took me 35 minutes before I realized I had seen this movie before. The recording on a record was the tip-off.
The scene with the girl being caught 'in bed' was pretty funny. The wedding bed was to singles. Both people were fully dressed. A heck of a depressing honeymoon.
BUt Cagney is at his charming evilest best.
A pretty good Noir. Cagney is always good. Well worth your time.
[James Cagney] Great Cagney movie. He is at his conniving and charming best in this 1950 crime story. I loved most of what he did out smarting all the people except for the girlfriend. No wonder he was such a huge star. Also, the "wire tapping" with a record player was fun to watch for it's period use of technology.