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Never Too Late (1965)

Fifty-something Edith Lambert is thrilled to find out that she's going to have a baby. Her husband Harry, however, is less enthusiastic.


Bud Yorkin


Sumner Arthur Long (play), Sumner Arthur Long (screenplay)

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Cast overview:
Paul Ford ... Harry M. Lambert
Connie Stevens ... Kate Clinton
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Edith Lambert
Jim Hutton ... Charlie Clinton
Jane Wyatt ... Grace Kimbrough
Henry Jones ... Dr. Kimbrough
Lloyd Nolan ... Mayor Crane


Middle-aged Harry lives comfortably with his wife Edith and his daughter and her husband. Though rather sour and a bit mean, he is in fact content. So when Edith finds she is pregnant again he is anything but overjoyed. Apart from the changes it will mean, he is now seen as some sort of older superman in town. Meanwhile his daughter sees child bearing as a way out of the extra housework she is having to do, the achievement of which starts to put pressure on her increasingly tired husband. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

4 November 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Baby und der Haustyrann See more »

Filming Locations:

Concord, Massachusetts, USA

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Production Co:

Tandem Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Spencer Tracy was Warner's first choice for the role of Harry Lambert, but he was ailing and Katharine Hepburn had refused the role of Edith because she thought she was old for it. See more »


Late in the movie, a phonograph on a table at the foot of the stairs alternates between being crooked on the table, and being aligned with the table edge. See more »


Edith Lambert: Don't you just love the little tassels?
Harry M. Lambert: I've got nothing against them. I just can't say I love 'em.
Edith Lambert: Well, I do.
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Referenced in Saint Maybe (1998) See more »


Spirit of Independence
Music by Abe Holzmann
Played when Harry and Charlie are marching around the living room
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Menopause Was Late
25 March 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In those early Sixties Kennedy years this play and film were big hits with an across the board appeal to generations, but particularly the senior citizen crowd. Paul Ford and Maureen O'Sullivan who repeated their roles from the 1007 performance run Broadway play show that those thought past their prime can still do some things totally unexpected.

Menopause was late coming in the Lambert household of Concord, Massachusetts because Maureen O'Sullivan has announced after a 20 year span after the birth of her daughter Connie Stevens that she is pregnant again. She and Paul Ford are about to be parents again at an age when they should be expecting their first grandchildren. That is of particular interest to Connie Stevens and her husband Jim Hutton who are trying ever so hard to get Connie in a family way.

But in general Ford who is a conservative man by nature is getting all kinds of Ooohs and Ahs from the town for his unexpected virility. His neighbor and rival Lloyd Nolan who is the mayor of the town is really ribbing him something awful.

Sight gags abound in Never Too Late usually involving Ford and his middle age paunch. There's a scene in the pediatric waiting room where Ford is sitting with a bunch of young fathers to be. There's another one in an elevator with Ford and a little girl and some pregnant women with the young girl drawing all kinds of conclusions.

In the non-visual category Ford and Hutton both really tie one on and a bit of truth telling emerges from the booze.

I remember seeing this in the theater back when it first came out and the timeless family situations make Never Too Late as fresh as it was when I first saw it. This could get a remake today and not lose a thing. But until then this fine version will suffice.

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