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It's Never Too Late -- To Laura Hammond's large family, she is simply the mother who makes all their lives run more smoothly. But although they don't know it, she is a very successful novelist.


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2 September 1958 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Phyllis Calvert ... Laura Hammond
Patrick Barr ... Charles Hammond
Susan Stephen ... Tessa Hammond

Guy Rolfe ... Stephen Hodgson
Jean Taylor Smith ... Grannie
Sarah Lawson ... Anne Hammond
Delphi Lawrence ... Mrs. Madge Dixon
Peter Hammond ... Tony
Richard Leech ... John Hammond

Robert Ayres ... Leroy Crane
Peter Illing ... Guggenheimer
Stanley Maxted ... Lee Sax
Irene Handl ... New Neighbor
Barbara Cavan ... Nurse Johnson
John Fernald ... Producer
Shirley Anne Field
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Bates ... King Lear (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Fred Griffiths ... Removal man (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... (uncredited)
Arthur Lovegrove ... Hotdog Vendor (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael McCarthy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Felicity Douglas  play
Edward Dryhurst 

Produced by
George Pitcher .... producer
Jules Simmons .... executive producer
Original Music by
Angela Morley  (as Wally Stott)
Cinematography by
C.M. Pennington-Richards 
Film Editing by
Charles Hasse 
Art Direction by
Ivan King 
Makeup Department
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Eileen Warwick .... hair stylist
Production Management
Victor Peck .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Slark .... assistant director
Jeremy Summers .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ron Benton .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Arthur Bradburn .... sound recordist
Charles Crafford .... dubbing editor
Harold V. King .... sound (as Harold King)
Len Shilton .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Warwick .... camera operator
Peter Hendry .... focus puller (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Other crew
June Faithfull .... continuity
Estelle Stewart .... production secretary (uncredited)

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Additional Details

UK:96 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Enjoyable fifties family comedy, 23 February 2016
Author: wilvram from United Kingdom

Phyllis Calvert has her hands full as Laura Hammond the mum that everyone relies on. Her middle-class family, all living together, include her irascible mother, stepdaughter Tessa (Susan Stephen) a drama queen in more than one sense; also stepson John (Richard Leech) and his wife (Sarah Lawson) who have a baby and enjoy throwing household objects at each other at regular intervals. Her older husband (Patrick Barr) seems at his most active when reading the paper, but still manages to attract the attention of the attractive single lady next door. They all take Laura for granted, but don't realise that her 'scribbling' whenever she gets the odd five minutes from the chaos surrounding her, has produced a best-seller. Enter a literary agent (Guy Rolfe) who whisks her off to the US to work on a film script.

Of course, the conventions of the Fifties dictate that the traditional order has to be restored in the end, and though the ways in which all is resolved tend toward the predictable, there's considerable fun along the way. The early scenes, mainly confined to one set, are smoothly directed by Michael McCarthy, who was sadly to suffer an early death. The colour photography is excellent. Phyllis Calvert might not always have been convincing as the heroine of exotic melodramas, but as a woman like Laura in a comedy of this nature, she couldn't be bettered. Nothing bears any resemblance to life today, but then that's not the least of the film's charms.

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