Too Late for Tears

Too Late for Tears

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Director: Byron Haskin

Cast: Byron Haskin, Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea

     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Too Late for Tears is a low-budget film noir that, if not quite a real gem, is a mighty good cubic zirconia. Coincidence is a noir staple, a not surprising fact when you consider that so many of these films deal on one level or another with the inexorability of fate; but some may find the level of coincidence in Tears a little off-putting. The screenplay also gets a little talky in places; this in itself is not bad, but the dialogue just misses having that little extra punch and crackle that the best noirs pride themselves on. Still, these little deficiencies don't seriously damage the film; and the plot, basic set-up and characters more than make up for these flaws. Also of considerable help are the performances of crime film staples Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea. Deep-voiced and throaty, Scott can always be counted on to give a femme fatale her all, but she goes all out in the role of Jane Palmer, using her many considerable wiles to great effect and creating a character that the viewer can't help but root for, even as he waits for her to get her comeuppance. Duryea matches her as Danny Fuller, the tough guy who finds he's out of his depth with Jane. Arthur Kennedy is fine as husband Alan Palmer, but Don DeFore is a bit weak as Don Blake, the mysterious stranger claiming to be a friend; a stronger personality is needed to hold the screen against Scott. Byron Haskin directs with skill and creates fine tension and atmosphere, also making good use of location shots. Too Late for Tears is no Double Indemnity, but fans of such films will be delighted to come across it.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
UPC:
0089218427298
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
32,545

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lizabeth Scott Jane Palmer
Don DeFore Don Blake
Dan Duryea Danny Fuller
Arthur Kennedy Alan Palmer
Kristine Miller Kathy Palmer
Barry Kelley Lt. Breach
Jimmy Ames Fat Man
George Backus Policeman
Gregg Barton Clerk
Robert Bice Actor
John Butler Little Man
David Clarke Sharber
Jimmie Dodd 2nd Bindlestiff
Charles Flynn Actor
Billy Halop Boat Attendant
Richard Irving 1st Bindlestiff
Perry Ivins Attendant at Stand
Robert Kellard Actor
George Mann Texan
John Mansfield Carlos
Alex Montoya Customs Officer
Virginia Mullen Woman
Robert Neff Man in Black Car
Jim Nolan Parker
Garry Owen Officer at Switchboard
Denver Pyle Youth
Jack Shea Policeman
June Storey Girl
Carlos Thompson Young Boy
Harry Vejar Teniente
Billy Wayne Gas Station Attendant
Smoki Whitfield Pete
Renee Donatt Young Girl

Technical Credits
Byron Haskin Director
R. Dale Butts Score Composer
Earl Crain Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Huggins Screenwriter
Harry Keller Editor
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Bob Mark Makeup
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
William C. Mellor Cinematographer
Dick Moder Asst. Director
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Morton Scott Musical Direction/Supervision
Hunt Stromberg Producer
James Sullivan Art Director
Charles Thompson Set Decoration/Design
Howard Wilson Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [13:06]
2. Chapter 2 [21:21]
3. Chapter 3 [13:29]
4. Chapter 4 [18:24]
5. Chapter 5 [13:06]
6. Chapter 6 [19:09]

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Too Late for Tears 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good film noir story and actors, but horrible video quality. So bad it's unwatchable. It must be a fourth or fifth generation copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago