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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
     

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

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Director: Gordon M. Douglas

Cast: James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter

 

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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is one of James Cagney's more personal films, a movie he produced himself and chose very deliberately as a follow-up to White Heat. Artisan Entertainment's disc is a generally excellent transfer of the film from a good quality source -- what mostly looks like a nicely preserved fine-grain print, though some of the middle reels seem

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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is one of James Cagney's more personal films, a movie he produced himself and chose very deliberately as a follow-up to White Heat. Artisan Entertainment's disc is a generally excellent transfer of the film from a good quality source -- what mostly looks like a nicely preserved fine-grain print, though some of the middle reels seem a little soft in texture. The movie was originally distributed by Warner Bros., and most of the disc looks as good as any of Warner Home Video's releases of classic 40's titles such as The Big Sleep, Key Largo, or The Maltese Falcon -- that's saying a lot for the workmanship here, because this disc runs circles around many of Artisan's earlier issues of titles from Republic Pictures' catalog (of which Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is a part). This DVD is the way to finally see this movie properly. Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye is usually treated as a poor relation to Cagney's earlier crime films and has never had half the reputation that it deserves. This release runs circles around the old laserdisc edition -- though the medium shots lose a little resolution, in many of the close-ups you can just about see the pores in Cagney's skin. Beyond that, the audio is also mastered at a reasonably high volume level, which not only brings out the dialogue and sound effects (there's a lot of mayhem in this picture), as well as Carmen Dragon's score, which is written very much in the manner and tradition of Max Steiner. The DVD opens with a handy montage of the action scenes before going to the menu, which offers only a choice between "play" and a scene breakdown. The producers have provided 24 chapter breaks in a 102 minute movie, which is generous and much appreciated since this is a busier movie than White Heat in terms of plot and it rates the treatment. One only wishes that a trailer could have been included, but at half the price of the laserdisc, this DVD is a bargain.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
UPC:
0017153125245
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Republic Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

2.0 Dolby Surround; Digitally mastered; Scene access; Interactive menus; Full-screen menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Ralph Cotter
Barbara Payton Holiday Carleton
Helena Carter Margaret Dobson
Ward Bond Inspector Weber
Luther Adler Cherokee Mandon
Barton MacLane Reece
Steve Brodie Jinx Raynor
Rhys Williams Vic Mason
Herbert Heyes Ezra Dobson
John Litel Chief of Police Tolgate
William Frawley Byers
Robert Karnes Det. Gray
Kenneth Tobey Detective Fowler
Dan Riss District Attorney
Frank Reicher Doc Green
John Halloran Cobbett
John Day Actor
Thomas P. Dillon Apperson
Jack Gargan Clerk of Court
Clark Howat Intern
Frank Marlowe Joe, the Milkman
Charles Meredith Mr. Golightly
William Murphy Motorcycle Policeman
Dick Rich Actor
Ric Roman Collector
Ann Tyrrell Miss Staines
Mack Williams Hartford
Dan Ferniel Highness
Fred Revelala Rafael
Neville Brand Carleton
William Cagney Ralph's Brother
Georgia Caine Julia
King Donovan Driver
Matt McHugh Satterfield
Gordon Richards Butler
George Spaulding Judge
Mark Strong Bailiff
Frank Wilcox Doctor
Ilka Windish Actor

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Harry Brown Screenwriter
William Cagney Producer
Carmen Dragon Score Composer
Paul Eagler Special Effects
Walter A. Hannemann Editor
Wiard Ihnen Art Director
Joe Kish Set Decoration/Design
William Kissell Asst. Director
Otis Malcolm Makeup
J. Peverell Marley Cinematographer
Adele Parmenter Costumes/Costume Designer
Truman K. Wood Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Opening [1:18]
2. Seven Enemies [2:28]
3. A Nice Drink of Water [5:44]
4. Right on Time [3:59]
5. Holiday [5:05]
6. Hartford's Right Down the Street [5:11]
7. A Toss in the Pot [4:01]
8. "Two Pieces of Cake" [2:36]
9. Mason's Misfortune [2:03]
10. Hooking the Inspector [4:33]
11. Dr. Green [4:20]
12. Cosmic Consciousness [2:52]
13. Coercing Cherokee [3:48]
14. Signed by the Ball Club [4:03]
15. No Place to Go [4:46]
16. Mastermind [2:24]
17. Murphy's Card [8:44]
18. Marrying Dobson [6:02]
19. Seven Satchels [5:56]
20. Robbing Romer [7:28]
21. A Fourth for Bridge [4:44]
22. Disregard for Money [2:53]
23. Telltale Bullet [6:29]
24. End Credits [:41]

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Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE MOVIE THE SEQUEL TO WHITE HEAT IS A SLAM BANG GANGSTER FILM FROM START TO FINISH. CAGNEY IS JUST SO EVIL AND CUNNING.IT HAS TO RANK AS ONE OF THE ALL TIME BEST GANGSTER FILMS, BY ONE OF THE GREAT ACTORS OF HIS GENERATION.A MUST SEE.