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Saturday Night Cinema: Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Less well known is “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” the brothers’ 1950 follow-up to “White Heat,” with Cagney as an even more violently deranged thug. In 1931, Cagney had first become a star by grinding a grapefruit in the face of his mistress (Mae Clarke) in “The Public Enemy.” In “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” Cagney, now middle-age and slightly paunchy, whips his companion (Barbara Payton) with a wet towel, and she falls into his embrace with a quaking, masochistic abandon.

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