http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048191/ Deprived of a normal
childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway
and Hollywood before she is twenty. Shortly before her marriage to her childhood
sweetheart, David Tredman, he dies and Lillian takes her first drink of many down
the road of becoming an alcoholic. She enters into a short-lived marriage to an immature
aviation cadet, Wallie, followed by a divorce and then marriage to a sadistic brute
and abuser Tony Bardeman. After a failed suicide attempt, Burt McGuire comes to her
aid and helps her find the road back to happiness after sixteen years in a nightmare
world, not counting the first twenty with her mother.
SUSAN HEYWARD, RICHARD CONTE,
I'll Cry Tomorrow was the title of the autobiography of Lillian Roth,
former singing star of the Twenties and Early Thirties whose career like her contemporary
Helen Morgan took a nose dive into the toilet. Unlike Morgan, Roth survived to tell
about it and became one of the first name clients of Alcoholics Anonymous.
SMASH-UP  Angie Evans, fast-rising nightclub singer, interrupts her career to
marry struggling songwriter Ken Conway. When Ken lucks into a career as chart-topping
radio crooner, Angie is forced into idle luxury which proves her downfall. Her potential
alcoholism burgeons and Ken remains clueless concerning his responsibility for her
SUSAN HAYWARD, EDDIE ALBERT, LEE BOWMAN, MARSHA HUNT
Walter Wanger consulted
with the National Committee for Education of Alcoholism and used their suggestions
about continued vigilance in the film. Similarly, director Stuart Heisler consulted
with authorities on alcoholism.
The PCA tried to dissuade Walter Wanger from making
the film, because the subject was recently explored in the movie The Lost Weekend
(1945) and excessive drinking violated the production code. Wanger convinced them
that it is permitted for furthering the plot and characterization, and he was given
PCA approval. Based on the life of entertainer Dixie Lee. Reportedly suggested by
the life and career of Bing Crosby and songstress wife Dixie Lee; when his popularity
as an entertainer eclipsed that of Lee, she drifted into extreme alcoholism, just
as Susan Hayward's character does in film.