Too Late for Tears [DVD] [1949]

Byron Haskin's Too Late for Tears (1949) is a lesser-known film noir that has come to DVD is a highly degraded edition from Alpha Video, utilizing a somewhat dark source print whose main virtue is a decent audio track mastered at a healthy volume and a certain consistency throughout, albeit at a low level. Much of the detail is a bit fuzzy, while some of the daylight shots seem to be a little too bright, as though the producers pumped a little too much light into the print -- Dan Duryea's shirt in his first scene is practically whited out of the shot. Additionally, there are some missing frames at a key moment at 34:41, and also at a little over 52 minutes in, and at 56 minutes in. Generally, the image on this disc matches that of the better public-domain videotapes of the mid-'80s, making this disc a kind of peculiar nostalgic experience. There is an absence of details in those same shots, which is frustrating but tolerable, given that the movie never turns up in any particularly better version. The six chapters usual to Alpha's releases are woefully inadequate for the complex plot, involving spousal betrayal, blackmail, assault, and at least two murders. The disc opens automatically to the three-position single-layer menu, which has the "play" option in the default position.
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Too Late for Tears
When Lizabeth Scott's Jane Greer husband Arthur Kennedy accidentally gets his mitts on $60,000 in stolen money, she insists that he keep the dough rather than turn it over to the authorities. Two-bit private eye Dan Duryea catches on to Scott's subterfuge, and demands that she turn the cash over to him. Scott persuades Duryea to split the money with her--then, determining that Kennedy might be too honest for everyone's own good, she murders her husband. To cover her tracks, Scott reports her husband as missing. This brings in yet another fly in the ointment: Don DeFore, the brother of Scott's first husband, who died under mysterious circumstances. The already knotted webs of intrigue become even more tangled before Scott's ironic comeuppance. Too Late for Tears was scripted by Roy Huggins, who later produced such TV detective series as The Rockford Files. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Lizabeth Scott
    Lizabeth Scott - Jane Palmer
  • Don DeFore
    Don DeFore - Don Blake
  • Dan Duryea
    Dan Duryea - Danny Fuller
  • Arthur Kennedy
    Arthur Kennedy - Alan Palmer
  • Kristine Miller
    Kristine Miller - Kathy Palmer
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