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Too Late for Tears
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Release Date:
13 August 1949 (USA) See more »
That's just to remind you... you're in a tough racket now!
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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great acting and story See more (51 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lizabeth Scott ... Jane Palmer
Don DeFore ... Don Blake
Dan Duryea ... Danny Fuller

Arthur Kennedy ... Alan Palmer
Kristine Miller ... Kathy Palmer
Barry Kelley ... Lt. Breach
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Ames ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Georgia Backus ... Woman (uncredited)
Robert Bice ... Policeman (uncredited)
John Butler ... Little Man Answering Phone (uncredited)

David Clarke ... Jack Sharber (uncredited)
Jimmie Dodd ... Second Car Thief (uncredited)

Renee Donatt ... Young Lover in Boat (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Policeman (uncredited)
Billy Halop ... Boat attendant (uncredited)
Richard Irving ... First Car Thief (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Checkroom Attendant (uncredited)
Robert Kellard ... Policeman (uncredited)
George Mann ... Man in Cowboy Hat (uncredited)
John Mansfield ... Carlos (uncredited)
Alex Montoya ... Mexican Officer (uncredited)
Virginia Mullen ... Woman (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Dr. Adams (uncredited)
Robert Neff ... Driver of Payoff Car (uncredited)
James Nolan ... Det. Parker (uncredited)
Kenny O'Morrison ... Policeman (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Police Officer at Switchboard (uncredited)

Denver Pyle ... Youth at Union Station (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Policeman (uncredited)
June Storey ... Fuller's Girl (uncredited)
Carl Thompson ... Young Lover in Boat (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ... Lt. Rivera (uncredited)
Patricia Wallace ... Woman (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Smoki Whitfield ... Pete (uncredited)

Directed by
Byron Haskin 
Writing credits
Roy Huggins (screenplay)

Roy Huggins (serial)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Original Music by
R. Dale Butts  (as Dale Butts)
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography) (as William Mellor)
Film Editing by
Harry Keller 
Art Direction by
James W. Sullivan  (as James Sullivan)
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
Charles S. Thompson  (as Charles Thompson)
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer (gowns)
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Robert Cowan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Howard Smit .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Lou Rosso .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dick Moder .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
Howard Wilson .... sound
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Ben Bishop .... grip (uncredited)
Hap Hodges .... gaffer (uncredited)
Herbert Kirkpatrick .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mickey Marigold .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Morton Scott .... musical director
Joseph Dubin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Joseph Dubin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Stanley Wilson .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Stanley Wilson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Killer Bait" - USA (reissue title)
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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:(Banned) (1952) | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13539)

Did You Know?

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Danny Fuller:You know, tiger, I didn't know they made 'em as beautiful as you are, and as smart. Or as hard.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Choose Me (1984)See more »


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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
great acting and story, 24 July 2000
Author: Brent Trafton from Long Beach, CA

This movie is worth searching for. It features great performances from Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea. This may be Scott's finest role. As the story progresses, she becomes more motivated and corrupted by greed. They sure don't write stories like this anymore! Too bad the production was so low budget and the film quality has deteriorated. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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