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Too Late for Tears (1949)

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

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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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In one terrifying moment she realized what she had done... yet it was too late to turn back... too late for tears! See more »


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When this film was re-released in 1955 with the title "Killer Bait", it was on a double bill with Johnny Holiday (1949), which was retitled as "Boy's Prison". See more »

Goofs

Jane tells Alan that the $790 she has spent represents about 0.1% of the money they found. SInce they found $60,000, she actually spent about 1.3% of the money. See more »

Quotes

Danny Fuller: You going to take me back to shore or do I swim?
Jane Palmer: You move and I'll shoot you and say you killed my husband.
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Solid, Tension-Filled Crime Drama
29 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a solid and sometimes memorable crime drama, filled with tension, and featuring some pretty good performances from the cast. The noir atmosphere works well, and the story, while perhaps far-fetched at a couple of points, is quite involved and grabs your attention from the beginning.

Lizabeth Scott gets one of her best roles, as a hard-hearted woman who seizes her opportunity to play the male characters against each other so that she can get what she wants. Scott is slightly lacking in the glamour that would make her a really memorable femme fatale, but she has plenty of strength, and her voice works well for the character. Dan Duryea gives one of his many fine noir performances, taking good advantage of his many opportunities with his shady character. Arthur Kennedy and Kristine Miller are both sympathetic as the more innocent of the main characters. Don DeFore's character sometimes seems a little out of place, but he is often crucial in advancing the plot.

The story starts with an unlikely coincidence, with a bag of money that gets tossed into the wrong car. But from there, most of the story developments follow naturally, and the tension is built up rather well as things get more complicated. It's an entertaining movie that has most of the things that fans of film-noir and crime drama would want to see.


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