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Friday, February 17, 2012

Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951)

After being released from an 18 year prison sentence for murder, an ex-con (Steve Cochran) becomes infatuated with a brassy blonde taxi dancer (Ruth Roman). When they accidentally kill a cop (Hugh Sanders), they take to the road trying to escape the police. Despite its mawkish title (Scarlett O'Hara's famous last line from GONE WITH THE WIND), this is a engrossing noir-ish "couple on the run from the law" that were popular around this time like Nick Ray's THEY LIVE BY NIGHT and Joseph H. Lewis's GUN CRAZY. Cochran and Roman work against their normal on screen personas, the tough guy and the tough broad. Sure on the surface but underneath, two lost and lonely souls trapped by circumstances beyond their control and striving to keep a sense of normalcy in their lives. The film's moral ambiguity shifts and characters that seemed decent and hard working do things out of "necessity" that they would never have done otherwise. Directed by Felix E. Feist (DONOVAN'S BRAIN). The moody B&W cinematography is by Robert Burks (VERTIGO) and the effective underscore by Daniele Amfitheatrof. With Lurene Tuttle, Ray Teal, Morris Ankrum and Lee Patrick.

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