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Tomorrow Is Another Day (1951 American film)

Tomorrow Is Another Day is a 1951 crime drama film noir directed by Felix E. Feist and starring Ruth Roman and Steve Cochran. An ex-convict who thinks he killed a man goes into hiding with a woman whose boyfriend is the supposed murder victim.[1]

Tomorrow Is Another Day
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byFelix E. Feist
Produced byHenry Blanke
Screenplay byArt Cohn
Felix E. Feist
Story byGuy Endore
StarringRuth Roman
Steve Cochran
Lurene Tuttle
Music byDaniele Amfitheatrof
CinematographyRobert Burks
Edited byAlan Crosland Jr.
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • August 8, 1951 (1951-08-08) (premiere-New York)
  • September 22, 1951 (1951-09-22) (wide-United States)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States



Convicted of murder at age 13, Bill Clark is freed after 18 years behind bars. He meets a taxi dancer, Catherine Higgins, but, one evening when she invites him to her apartment, her New York City police detective boyfriend, George Conover, is waiting there. After Conover slaps Catherine, Bill engages him in a fight during which the detective pulls a gun. After a sustained struggle, Bill is knocked out. When he awakens, Conover is gone, Cathy is packing to leave.

Soon, through a newspaper article, Bill finds out that Conover was shot and, remembering that he wrestled the gun out of the man's hand, believes he is responsible for the act and knows the police will come after him. He doesn't know that it was Catherine who shot her boyfriend.

Bill follows Cathy to her brother's house and she leads him to believe he is guilty of the shooting. Realizing that they both are in trouble, they hitch-hike to California, falling in love along the way. They accompany the Dawson family to the lettuce fields of Salinas, where they find honest work and happiness, changing their identities.

A reporter's article about Clark is found by the Dawsons who, after they are visited by a tragic event, need money badly and turn in Bill for a reward. But back in New York, police reveal that before Conover died, he confessed that Catherine shot him in self-defense. She and Bill are cleared to resume their lives.



Film critic Dennis Schwartz seemed disappointed with the film, writing "Gloomy minor film noir with a happy ending. The movie was made for John Garfield, but he died in 1951. A satisfactory Steve Cochran takes the part and gives it his best shot. Competently directed by Felix Feist (The Devil Thumbs a Ride/The Threat/Donovan's Brain), as always, and adequately written by Guy Endore (blacklisted after the movie for his political activism) and Art Cohn. Though watchable, the social conscious film remains forgettable--unable to leave a particularly sympathetic lasting impression of its outsider characters, whose distrust of the authorities leads them to be anti-social types and humorless downers for most of the pic."[2]


  1. ^ Tomorrow Is Another Day at AllMovie.
  2. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, January 11, 2011. Accessed: July 17, 2013.

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