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Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)

An ex-convict and a woman fall in love, after she shoots her police Lt. boyfriend dead in self defense, and falsely leads him to believe that he did the shooting.

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Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

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Art Cohn (screen play by), Guy Endore (screen play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ruth Roman ... Catherine 'Cay' Higgins
Steve Cochran ... Bill Clark / Mike Lewis
Lurene Tuttle ... Stella Dawson
Ray Teal ... Henry Dawson
Morris Ankrum ... Hugh Wagner
John Kellogg ... Dan Monroe
Lee Patrick ... Janet Higgins
Hugh Sanders ... Detective Lt. George Conover
Stuart Randall ... Frank Higgins
Robert Hyatt ... Johnny Dawson (as Bobby Hyatt)
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Prison Warden
Walter Sande ... Sheriff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Roth ... Jim, Foreman (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

A man who spent his formative years in prison for murder is released, and struggles to adjust to the outside world and escape his lurid past. He gets involved with a cheap dancehall girl, and when her protector is accidentally killed, they go on the lam together, getting jobs as farm labourers. But some fellow workers get wise to them. Written by GoblinHairedGuy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spring Kill See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Turner Classic Movies' Eddie Mueller, Warner Bros. envisioned this picture as a vehicle for John Garfield. See more »

Goofs

Bill asks Cay if she is going somewhere with the wounded detective. She says, "I'm staying as far away from George Conover as I can". The next scene, Bill notices a newspaper story about the shooting, which reports detective Conover's first name as Harry. See more »

Quotes

Catherine 'Cay' Higgins: I came to New York from up state. I was gonna be a dancer. I was a brunette. Started on my toes and wound up on my heels.
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Connections

References Paris Calling (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I Cover the Waterfront
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Music by Johnny Green
Played by the band at Play Land
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Two Conflicting Halves
14 January 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

An ex-con and a dance hall girl flee the cops and a wrongful murder charge.

Catch that early scene in the tacky dance hall— it's a gem. I've seen a lot of cheap dives in movies, but none I think combines atmosphere and annoyance better than this one. Between the hard dames and the 1-minute buzzer, the guys better hold onto their wallets. Then too, the Warner Bros. production manages uncommon attention to detail. Note how taxi-dancer Cay (Roman) ends the dance hall scene by soliciting another customer. That way we know she's a real hard case no matter what she's said to poor Clark (Cochran).

These touches continue throughout, as with the back-and-forth wristwatch mirroring Cay's and Clark's relationship, or the heart-stopping dropped keys that unlock the carry-all car. All in all, these are the kind of deft touches that turn a good film into a memorable one.

However, despite the excellence of this noirish first half, I have to agree with reviewer Teller. The second half unfortunately collapses into unremarkable melodrama. Frankly, Cay's big turnaround from loose woman to wifely Madonna is simply too complete to be believable. That transformation is signaled in her change of hair color. There, Cay washes out the dance hall blonde for the darker natural color underneath, thereby releasing the real person redeemed now by true love. However, the problem remains-- the personality contrast between the "hard-case before" and the "all-sweetness after" is simply too strong and abrupt not to draw critical attention, regardless of how worthwhile the message.

That's not to say the second part is wasted. Those clapboard shacks for the transient pickers are right out of Grapes of Wrath and just as realistic. Plus, Clark's personality remains volatile and believable, though undergoing the inevitable softening. I just wish the film had modulated Kay's change in a similarly subtle manner. Then we might have had a memorable whole instead of a memorable half.


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