Too Late for Tears

1949

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Mystery / Thriller

12
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 60%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 3365

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Denver Pyle as Youth at Union Station
Arthur Kennedy as Alan Palmer
Don DeFore as Don Blake / Don Blanchard
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Reviewed by claudio_carvalho 8 / 10

The Almost Perfect Film-Noir

In Los Angeles, Alan Palmer (Arthur Kennedy) and his wife Jane Palmer (Lizabeth Scott) are driving to a party when a suitcase is thrown in the back seat of their car. When they open the suitcase, they find a large amount but they are chased by another car and they flee. Alan decides to deliver the money to the police, but Jane opposes and wants to keep it. So Alan decides to keep the suitcase with the money in a locker at the Union Station to decide what to do. A couple of days later, Jane spends a large amount in furs and other gifts for her. Then a man called Danny Fuller (Dan Duryea) comes to their apartment and Jane believes he is a detective and let him in; but soon she learns that he is also seeking the money. When Alan returns from his work and finds the shopping, he becomes upset and Jane does not tell anything about Danny. During the night, Alan and Jane go to a boat ride to make amends and she accidentally kills him with his pistol. Danny is forced to help her to dump the body in a lake and Jane reports to the police that her husband is missing. Her sister-in-law Kathy Palmer (Kristine Miller) that lives in the same floor snoops around Jane's apartment and finds the receipt of the locker. When she is sneaking out, she meets the stranger Don Blake (Don DeFore) that tells that is Alan's friend. Meanwhile Jane is seeking the receipt to get the money for her. Why the money was thrown to the backseat of the Palmer's convertible? Who will keep the money? Who are Danny and Don Blake?

"Too Late for Tears" is a great film with all the elements of the film- noir: there is the sordid motive, the femme fatale and many twists. This movie is probably one of the best roles of the gorgeous Lizabeth Scott. The DVD release by "Dark City" has a poor video that needs restoration. But it is worthwhile watching since the story is excellent. My vote is eight.

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Reviewed by MisterWhiplash 10 / 10

A bonafide hard edged classic with a great woman in Lizbeth Scott

I can't not believe Dan Duryea wasn't creates in some early 20th century science experiment to appear as the heel in 40s film noirs.

This is an outstanding film and it makes me reconsider the 'Femme Fatale' for the time. Lizbeth Scott is playing everyone around her - even the slimy heel Duryea, up until she needs him for her own descending criminal plot - but what choice does she have? She's a character that puts on s face for so many around her (I even wondered in the first scene in the car with her husband if thread the case, maybe a moment where the little like is already established). She may not be nice, and in fact she soon becomes a killer and plans to kill again if she has to in order to get the money that she and her man stash away in a locker.

But we do understand her, or at least I did, and I found her extremely compelling as the story went on - she'll do whatever she has to, but she has assumptions on her side. There's a bit where Duryea comes in after agreeing to help Scott with a nefarious plot and he's drunk as he gives her a bottle of (deadly) pills. He mentions when he got the bottle the guy who sold it said "you don't look like the kind of guy I usually sell yo." Then he asked the guy ,"do you mean I don't look like a killer?" The man responds thathe doesn't. But, Duyrea adds, he wonders if he would've said the same about her. Talk about ice cold. There are many insightful beats here and the subtext (or at times just text) is all about appearances. Was Dan Defore's Don a regular, concerned husband, or having some personal crisis that just happened to make him leave his car by the Oceanside and go off to Mexico (maybe, gosh, with another woman!) Or that Jane "Mrs Palmer" is telling the truth about things this or that and... Yeah. She is ice cold.

But I found myself never hating or despising her. Maybe it's because there's a bit more dimension early on established, or that the plot of a bag of money brings out something different in this kind of story than if it was just another affair story or a Double Indemnity scenario. What would we do? There's that moment too where Duryea tells her the line that also serves as agline thats on the poster: "thats just to remind you youre in a tough racket now." She has no grand plan on this scenario, just to make sure the money doesnt go anywhere. This doesn't mean we shouldn't expect any punishment or comeuppance by the end - this is 40s Hayes era Hollywood after all.

All the same I found Hawkins direction so assured (he knows how to use a camera to excellent effect), his painting of all the characters all necessary especially for the reveals and turns in the story, and at the heart of it is a woman who you may like or dislike, but she's got total agency and in the world of crime fiction that makes for a powerful vehicle to tell that.

Reviewed by clanciai 9 / 10

Men getting into trouble both for felony and honesty just for her.

Lizabeth Scott keeps you stuck on her throughout this film no matter what she is doing. What would you yourself do if a passing car suddenly passes a bag full of money into yours and vanishes? In this case Lizabeth Scott is together with her husband Arthur Kennedy, who is a completely decent fellow who immediately wants to give over the money to the police, while Lizabeth wants to keep it. There the trouble starts. It is increased by some bad luck on the way. Things don't always go as you planned. In this case, two strangers turn up, one more unpleasant to her than the other. And what's more, she commits mistakes and cause accidents to happen. Pity for such a beautiful woman.

She remains equally fascinating though in every film she made, and they are usually dark noirs with her husky voice filling the atmosphere with ominous threats against everyone's existence. Throughout this film her acting is the consistent focus point of your fascination while the others in comparison don't seem to act at all, except Arthur Kennedy, who is always good and has a special knack for honest straight-forward roles. Her constant change, like a chameleon, from charming grace and smiles to solemn sinister brooding boding no good to anyone, from tears and despair to flippant gaiety, is a play in itself and indeed worth watching - in every film, like "The Racket", "Dark City" and "Dead Reckoning". She is almost like a Garbo of the dark.

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