The 1949 Byron Haskin directed Too Late for Tears finally arrives for the first time in the uk. On a dual format release from Arrow Academy on a beautiful transfer, and a decent collection of extras no less.

The movie opens with bickering couple Jane (Lizabeth Scott) & Alan Palmer (Arthur Kennedy) driving through the Hollywood Hills arguing about their attendance of a party but it’s cut short when a passing car throws a leather bag into their backseat full to the brim with $60,000. Alan is inevitability cautious, but his wife drives off with the kind of abilities behind the wheel that Steve McQueen would be impressed by, that gets rid of the tail that’s chasing them. This sets up a chain of events where the couple argue over what to do with the money whether or not to keep the cash or hand it over to the police.

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They decide to put the cash in a train station locker for a week but temptation is too much for Jane who starts spending it on outfits. This catches the eye of Dan Duryea’s hood character Danny who’ll put his hands on Jane to get information on the bags whereabouts. This is when Too Late for Tears gets interesting by killing off a main character that you’d normally expect to have a bigger role and the second half of the movie resembles Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic Psycho.

Once thought lost, Too Late for Tears was rescued by the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive is a enjoyable 40s B noir. The sultry Lizabeth Scott delivers a brilliant, commanding performance as the juicy, multi-layered femme fatale that’s well supported by her fellow cast members and a script by Roy Huggins adapting his Saturday Evening Post serial the hard bitten dialogue is another major highlight.TooLateForTearsStill6

If there’s one weakness about the film it’s Byron Haskins direction which takes place in mostly blandly lit interiors and unmemorable visuals that seem to be hampered by its low budget.

The disc contains an informative pleasurable audio commentary by writer, historian, and film programmer Alan K. Rode who discusses in depth various aspects of the production. We also get a mini documentary about Too Late For Tears that’s got contributions from Eddie Muller, Kim Morgan, and Julie Kirgo.

Finally to round off the extras we get a featurette on the experience of rescuing this thought lost noir and a booklet with various contributions.

4/5

Dir: Byron Haskin

Scr: Roy Huggins

Cast: Lizabeth Scott, Arthur Kennedy, Dan Duryea

Prd: Hunt Stromberg

DOP: William C Mellor

Music: Dale Butts

Country: United States

Year: 1949

Runtime: 99 minutes

Too Late for Tears available on Dual Format now