Too Late for Tears

Too Late for Tears

DVD - 2003
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A bag containing $60,000 is thrown into the convertible of a young couple. The wife murders her husband to keep the money and is prepared to murder anyone who gets in her way.
Publisher: Narberth, PA : Alpha Video, 2003.
ISBN: 9786308258558
6308258555
Branch Call Number: DVD TOO LAT FO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Also known as: Killer bait

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Triple_X_Rex
Dec 26, 2014

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave..."

If you ask me - I'd defintely say that Lizabeth Scott playing Jane Palmer, the ruthless, conniving femme fatale, in this 1949 Crime/Thriller just didn't have the acting chops to cut the mustard. Not only did I find Scott to be very unconvincing in her part, but I also found her portrayal to be quite annoying, as well.

Yeah. I think that Kristine Miller, who played the Kathy Palmer character in the story, would have been a much more competent and believable actress to tackle the Jane Palmer role.

For me, the real highlight of this run-of-the-mill picture of greed and treachery was when mean, tough-guy, Dan Fuller, slapped Jane's pretty, little face, but good, in order to get her to fess-up to the whereabouts of the $60,000.

All-in-all - "Too Late For Tears" was just another, of many, easily forgettable Crime-Dramas from Hollywood's apparent heyday.

voisjoe1 Mar 08, 2014

This is sorta like a poor man’s “Double Indemnity” and a little of “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” The print on this DVD is below standard – looks like no university film school has thought it to be worth it to eliminate the imperfections such as extra dark scenes, skips, and scratches, etc. This would be a great example in film school to have a student explain the difference that makes “Double Indemnity” an A+++ film and this a C+ film. One difference is that this one is missing the steamy lust that is dripping all over the place in “Double Indemnity.”

aaa5756 Mar 13, 2013

Sound and Very well done old school movie. I would recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

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Monolith
Jan 05, 2013

I wonder if this was more successful, when they re-released it six years later (1955) under a new title, "Killer Bait". Makes no sense. Oh well. Very enjoyable. Dan Duryea was Dan Duryea. Mean, nasty, sneaky. Doing a simple "routine check" in Lizabeth Scott's underwear drawers. A couple of dope slaps for good measure. She was even nastier, though, with that gravelly, just smoked a carton of non-filtered Camels voice. A woman that would stop at nothing to escape mediocrity...

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Janice21383
Nov 21, 2011

All she ever wanted -- and a little more than she bargained for. Lizabeth's Scott's best role, as a modern Circe. Dan Duryea and Arthur Kennedy are among her herd of swine. Extras: dame slapping, ambiguous looks over shoulders, shadows from venetian blinds.

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Monolith
Jan 05, 2013

Alan Palmer: "What is it, Jane? I just don't understand you. I've tried to give you everything you wanted... everything I could." Jane Palmer: "Yes, you've given me a dozen down payments and installments for the rest of our lives."

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Monolith
Jan 05, 2013

Alan Palmer: "Jane, Jane, what's happening to us? What's happening? The money sits down there in an old leather bag, and yet it's tearing us apart. It's poison, Jane. It's changing you -- it's changing both of us." Jane Palmer: "I wish it were that simple, Alan... but I haven't changed. It's the way I am. You've got to let me keep that money." Alan Palmer: "Don't. Don't, Jane." Jane Palmer: "No Alan. I won't let you just give it away. Chances like this are never offered twice. This is it. I've been waiting for it -- dreaming of it all my life. Even when I was a kid. And it wasn't because we were poor. Not hungry poor, at least. I suppose, in a way, it was far worse. We were white-collar poor. Middle-class poor. The kind of people who can't quite keep up with the Joneses, and die a little every day because they can't."

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Janice21383
Nov 24, 2011

"All right, tiger...I'm gonna take that gun you were playing around with at the lake from yah...and I'm gonna take it...BUTT FIRST!"

"Never change, tiger."

"Housewives get AWWWWFULLY bored, sometimes."

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