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I'll Cry Tomorrow
     

I'll Cry Tomorrow

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Director: Daniel Mann, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert

Cast: Daniel Mann, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert

 

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Susan Hayward pulls out all the stops, and then some, in this cinemadaptation of singer Lillian Roth's autobiography I'll Cry Tomorrow. In as harshly realistic a manner as possible in the still censor-dominated Hollywood of 1955, the film recounts Roth's rise to fame, her precipitous fall and her tearful comeback. The fact that Roth loves not wisely but too

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Susan Hayward pulls out all the stops, and then some, in this cinemadaptation of singer Lillian Roth's autobiography I'll Cry Tomorrow. In as harshly realistic a manner as possible in the still censor-dominated Hollywood of 1955, the film recounts Roth's rise to fame, her precipitous fall and her tearful comeback. The fact that Roth loves not wisely but too well is only part of the problem (only two of her eight husbands are portrayed in the film); contributing factors to her self-destruction also included her witchlike "stage mother" (Jo Van Fleet) and the pressures of fame and fortune. The principal reason for Roth's fall from the height of fame to the depths of squalor and despair is booze -- at least until she begins to pull herself together with the help of Alcoholics-Anonymous representative Burt McGuire (Eddie Albert). The story concludes with a testimonial staged in Roth's honor on the TV series This is Your Life (the original of which still exists in kinescope form). Having been personally coached by the real Lillian Roth, Susan Hayward does an excellent job of copying the singer's unique style. Though Hayward did not win an Oscar for her performance, she did cop the "Best Actress" prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
I'll Cry Tomorrow is one of the best 1950s biopics, built around Susan Hayward's outstanding performance as singer Lillian Roth. The film serves as a cautionary tale against the horrors of alcoholism; though the story is slow to set up, Tomorrow dramatically pays off in its latter portion, when Roth seeks help. In its attempt to cover a substantial number of years in Roth's life, the screenplay's narrative flow ebbs at times, but this is a common problem with biographical films of the era. Among the supporting cast members, Jo Van Fleet is a highlight as Roth's mother. Her scenes with Hayward give the film its emotional core. As with much of director Daniel Mann's work, the dialogue and character interplay is sharp, and the visual aspects are simple and straightforward. The production values are solid but not extravagant; Helen Rose won an Oscar for her occasionally anachronistic costumes.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2017
UPC:
0888574462055
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
3,946

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Susan Hayward Lillian Roth
Richard Conte Tony Bardeman
Eddie Albert Burt McGuire
Jo Van Fleet Katie Roth
Don Taylor Wallie
Ray Danton David Tredman
Margo Selma
Virginia Gregg Ellen
David Kasday David, as a child
Carole Ann Campbell Lillian (younger)
Peter Leeds Richard
Tol Avery Fat Man
Patty Duke Actor
Mary Bear Couple
Timothy Carey Derelict
Ralph Edwards Himself
Jack Gargan Drug Clerk
Marc Krah Actor
Henry Kulky Actor
Eve McVeagh Ethel
James Ogg Usher
Kenneth Patterson Actor
George Pembroke Actor
Bob Stephenson Actor
Ruth Storey Marge Belney
David Tredman Ray Danton
Joe Duval Bartender
Don "Red" Barry Jerry
Veda Ann Borg Waitress
Peter Brocco Doctor
Budd Buster Switchman
John Cassavetes Bit: Card Player
Jack Daley Cab Driver
Vittorio De Sica Bit: Shoemaker
Bob Dix Henry
Donovan Bit: Singer
Anita Ekberg Bit: Performer
Kay English Dress designer
Stanley Farrar Director
Gail Ganley Lillian at 15
Ben Gazzara Bit: Card Player
Bob Hopkins M C
Anthony Jochim Paul, the Butler
George Lloyd Messenger
Herbert Lytton Conductor
Nora Marlowe Nurse
Cheerio Meredith Elderly lady
Voltaire Perkins Mr. Byrd
Vernon Rich Club manager
Charles Tannen Stage Manager
Robert Vaughn Bit: Photographer
Harlan Warde Stage Manager
Guy Wilkerson Man
Robert B. Williams Stagehand

Technical Credits
Daniel Mann Director
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Helen Deutsch Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Charles Henderson Musical Direction/Supervision
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Jay Richard Kennedy Screenwriter
Harold Kress Editor
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Alex North Score Composer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Lillian Roth Screenwriter
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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