I'LL CRY TOMORROW (1955) B/W widescreen 117m dir: Daniel Mann
w/Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Eddie Albert, Jo Van Fleet, Don Taylor, Ray Danton, Margo, Virginia Gregg, Don "Red" Barry, David Kasday
Superb drama based on singer Lillian Roth's bold and frank autobiography of her days as an alcoholic and her fight to conquer the dreaded disease. Hayward has never been better, and she's matched every step of the way by Van Fleet as her bewildered mother.
From The Movie Guide: "Although the script doesn't capture much sense of period or time passing, Mann established strong enough moments to keep the viewer enthralled. There's a fine child performance by Carole Ann Campbell, who looks like the real Roth, and scores strongly in a post-audition scene that is painful to watch. Indeed, the film dotes on an uneasy sense of dread, daring you not to look away. Hayward doesn't suggest much of what audiences saw in the real Roth. Instead she uses her own sexy, hellcat persona when performing, saving contemplation for her big offstage scenes. The scene in which Hayward deserts her mother is one of Hollywood's grittiest examinations of the love-hate relationship between parent and child, the cross-purposes of both characters wrenching to behold. Both actresses seem to be defining their boundaries and crossing each other's at the same time, using the hyper-emotional 50s genre in a devastatingly successful way.
"Roth made a successful nightclub and theatrical comeback after the film's release, and published a second memoir, Beyond My Worth, but, tragically, her bouts with alcohol were far from finished. Hayward won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Award for TOMORROW and Helen Rose grabbed an Oscar for her gorgeous costumes."
The film was also Oscar-nominated for Best Actress (Hayward), B&W Cinematography, and B&W Art Direction.