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Too Late for Tears (1949)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 13 August 1949 (USA)
Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even if it means murder.

Director:

Byron Haskin

Writers:

Roy Huggins (screenplay), Roy Huggins (from his Saturday Evening Post serial)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lizabeth Scott ... Jane Palmer
Don DeFore ... Don Blake
Dan Duryea ... Danny Fuller
Arthur Kennedy ... Alan Palmer
Kristine Miller ... Kathy Palmer
Barry Kelley ... Police Lt. Breach
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Storyline

One night on a lonely highway, a speeding car tosses a satchel of money, meant for somebody else, into Jane and Alan Palmer's back seat. Alan wants to turn it over to the police, but Jane, with luxury within her reach, persuades him to hang onto it "for a while." Soon, the Palmers are traced by one Danny Fuller, a sleazy character who claims the money is his. To hang onto it, Jane will need all the qualities of an ultimate femme fatale...and does she ever have them! Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer Bait See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Both of the film's female leads enjoyed long lives with Lizabeth Scott (age 92) and Kristine Miller (age 89) each passing away in 2015. See more »

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Kathy, the sister-in-law, is a single women and yet she has a fashionable blouse that buttons up the back when she searches the Palmer's apartment after her brother disappears. But she could have used a zipper hook helper instead of another person. See more »

Quotes

Alan Palmer: Jane, Jane, what's happening to us? The money sits down there in an old leather bag, and yet it's tearing us apart. It's poison, Jane. It's changing you. It's changing both of us.
Jane Palmer: I wish it were that simple, Allan, but I haven't changed. It's the way I am. You've got to let me keep that money.
Alan Palmer: Don't, don't, Jane.
Jane Palmer: No, Allan, I won't let you just give it away. Chances like this are never offered twice. This is it. I've been waiting for it, dreaming of it all my life - even when I was a kid. And ...
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References The Luck of the Irish (1948) See more »

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This tiger was pure poison
1 September 2005 | by danielj_old999See all my reviews

One of the definitive marks of a film noir for me has always been the presence of a morally vacuous, poisonously stupid, pathologically lying, cold blooded murderess who sucks (or attempts to suck) all associated with her(esp. men) into a whirling abyss of nothingness. This one fits the bill, as noir as they come. Fools you, too: at first I was turned off by the film because Scott and the Plott just seemed stupid and uninteresting...boy does she get interesting...film ramps up in quality quite remarkably after the first twenty minutes or so...from then on a nice toxic mix which kept me suspended until the end. Then again maybe I'm not bright.

I wish the film quality were better on this, hovers around the barely tolerable.


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