KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE
1950, Warner Bros., 102 min, USA, Dir: Gordon Douglas

While not as famous as Jimmy Cagney’s huge hit WHITE HEAT (made the previous year), this brutal, hard-as-nails adaptation of Horace McCoy’s superb novel is one of the best crime films of the noir era. A handful of battered survivors recount in court the violent saga of criminal Ralph Cotter, from his prison breakout to his fateful double-dealings with women (Barbara Payton and Helena Carter, both terrific). Tremendously tough direction by Gordon Douglas, featuring an amazing crew of noir tough guys. “The whole blistering story of the crimson-stained career of Ralph Cotter, thug with a heart… of ice!” Not on DVD!


SHOW GIRL IN HOLLYWOOD
1930, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Mervyn LeRoy

Alice White stars as "Dizzy" Dixie, a Broadway understudy who is lured out to Hollywood when a smooth-talking director promises her fame and fortune. But when Dixie, against the odds of the crummy empty promise that brought her to Hollywood, actually starts to get starring roles in the movies, her ego soars along with her paycheck. Featuring brilliant Technicolor musical sequences! With cameos by Al Jolson and Loretta Young.


THE BRIBE
1949, MGM [Warner Bros.], 98 min, USA, Dir: Robert Z. Leonard

Less a coherent drama than a sweaty fever-dream of ’40s film noir, THE BRIBE features an all-star cast (Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, John Hodiak) trapped on the steamy Caribbean isle of “Carlota” (as only MGM’s art department could render it), perspiring through a convoluted tale of romance, disease and WWII contraband. Skip the logic and wallow in the exotic artifice of this sublime noir fantasia, directed by Robert Z. Leonard, photographed by the great Joe Ruttenberg and scored by the magnificent Miklos Rozsa!


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