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Too Late for Tears (1949) Poster

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Restored via UCLA Film and Television Archive. The restoration process took five years, after a print was discovered in France, and involved piecing segments of another copy into the restored version to have a complete film. The restoration was funded by the Film Noir Foundation.
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Reissued in 1955 under the title "Killer Bait".
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The complete restored version is now able to be seen thanks to the discovery of a complete print found in France, and the work of the Film Noir Society.
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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".
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Hunt Stromberg borrowed Lizabeth Scott, Kristine Miller, Don DeFore and director Byron Haskin from independent producer Hal B. Wallis for the production.
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Roy Huggins wrote the screenplay, which is based on his "Saturday Evening Post" serial.
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The film was independently produced, then released through United Artists in 1949, the high watermark year for film noir.
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The $60,000 in the bag is worth almost $600,000 in 2015.
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The UCLA Film Archive has remastered this film from a recently discovered original print; the restored version was broadcast on July 17, 2015, on the Turner Classic Movies network in pristine condition.
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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.
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Wendell Corey and Kirk Douglas were scheduled to star.
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Joan Crawford was interested in playing the female lead but was too expensive.
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In the opening scenes there is an exterior scene, a long shot at night, that has a billboard saying "Vote Yes on Proposition 24." This film was released in 1949, presumably shot in 1948; in that year there were only 19 propositions on the California state ballot. It appears to be an exterior scene shot on location where, for some reason, the original billboard could not be used and the "Vote Yes" message was papered over it.
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Author and screenplay writer Roy Huggins was greatly influenced by author Raymond Chandler.
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Jimmie Dodd, the leader of the original Disney Mouskateers, appears as one of the car thieves right after the character Jane abandons the car on the beach. Jimmie Dodd is the one who gets into the driver's seat.
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Both of the film's female leads enjoyed long lives into their 90s with both Lizabeth Scott and Kristine Miller each passing away in 2015.
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"Hollywood Reporter" production charts add John Bromfield to the cast, but he was not in the released film.
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Opening credits: The characters, events and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual firms is purely coincidental.
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