Too Late for Tears (1949)

 


 

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Genre: Drama,Film-Noir,Mystery

Too Late for Tears (1949)
   
Release Date: 13 August 1949 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Byron Haskin
Cast:
  • Lizabeth Scott
  • Don DeFore
  • Dan Duryea
  • Arthur Kennedy
  • Kristine Miller
  • Barry Kelley


9 Responses to Too Late for Tears (1949)

  1. djensen1
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    I started out disliking Lizabeth Scott, but she not only grew on me, she became to me the perfect femme fatale. She seems guileless, with a glowing smile she can turn on in a moment; she’s constantly turning over the possibilities in her head, like a card sharp figuring the odds. I loved the way she could casually lie, get stuck, backtrack, find another lie; she’s one of the smartest women on film.

    I like a logical plot, but the flaws here, like how people kept finding her, were pretty minor. We could have spent another twenty minutes on phone calls made to pals in the DMV to look up a license plate, stakeouts of likely places, and all, and it wouldn’t have added anything to the drama.

    The title is a bit unfortunate, but this is a great film and one of the best included in the 50 Mystery Classic pack from Treeline.

  2. derekwilliams1974
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    She was great in this, I am astonished this actress didn’t make it big time during the forties, really a shame!

    Live Long and Prosper!

  3. ClairviusNarcisse
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    I really felt bad for the guy! Especially in the scene where he’s drunk and feeling awful about buying poison for Jane to kill her sister-in-law. He turns out to not be not as though a thug as he looks like in the beginning.

    ‘Let’s get on with the killing’

  4. derekwilliams1974
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    I have enjoyed this set of movies for the most part, but I found that "Too Late For Tears" was somewhat muddy and far less in quality than the other movies in the collection.

    Live Long and Prosper!

  5. noirgirl
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    Last I saw, Don put the poisoned milk back in the icebox, as he was taking Kate out to dinner. And she never got her dinner, because Don was knocked out and told her they’d take a rain check. She obviously didn’t drink it since she showed up at the end. So what happened to the milk?

  6. IFeedPigeons
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    Can anyone shed any light as to what Jane throws into the ocean? I guess it’s not too pivotal because I understand everything else, but PLEASE, anyone, what did she throw?

    Thanks in advance!

  7. mp775
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    See Too Late for Tears on the big screen at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8 at the historic Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago as part of the Fall Classic Movie Matinee series – ten great films, every Wednesday from August 20 to October 22. Admission is only $4, with group rates and discount passes also available. More info and complete series schedule at http://www.portagetheater.org/FallMatinee.pdf

  8. TexasRaider
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    Just watched this movie, and it was as good if not better than many of the better know works in this genre. Don Defore is fantastic, Scott is pure evil and the sad sack Dan Duryea makes you feel sorry for him – you know all along what’s going to become of him. I saw it right after watching ‘D.O.A.’ (1950) with Edmond O’Brien, but I think ‘Too Late…’ is more even, more engaging and has better one liners. I especially liked "You’re drunk!" "Takes one to spot one…"

    Oh, the Colt or Smith & Wesson lipstick line was great too.

    If you love film noir, you gotta see this one, a minor ‘major’ classic!

    There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

  9. zeldaluke
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    oh man i love this movie hahaha. it was my first film noir back in 1995

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