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Too Late for Tears [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Lizabeth Scott , Don DeFore , Byron Haskin    DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy, Kristine Miller
  • Directors: Byron Haskin
  • Writers: Roy Huggins
  • Producers: Hunt Stromberg
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Alpha Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000C8AVT
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,235 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tiger Gives Chaps Hollywood Chills 8 Sep 2013
By Mario
Little-known cult material because of Lizabeth's Scott's amoral, dangerous housewife pursuing the American Dream in the only way the lower-middle classes can in her mind and doing so out of vengeance for being looked down upon by the rich. Hers is an impressive performance with a smile that can light the room but a steely determination which feminists will admire. Dan Duryea has another variant on his small time mobster who is really this time a sad little guy with a smidgin of conscience which leads him to drink. She doesn't need that at all. Twists and turns nicely throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When opportunity knocks 18 Aug 2013
Married couple Lizabeth Scott (Jane) and Arthur Kennedy (Alan) are driving at night when a bag of money gets anonymously thrown into their car. Wow, thanks for that! Arthur Kennedy wants to hand the money to the police while Lizabeth Scott wants to do what every sensible person would do, ie, keep it. With a bit of careful planning, Scott sees the money as hers and is determined to hang onto it and she certainly takes some mean decisions in her quest to keep it.

The film starts at a good pace and the story keeps you guessing. However, the quality of the film isn't too good and the film jumps on occasion. It doesn't ruin the viewer's ability to follow the story, though. The cast are all likeable, especially the three main male leads - Don Defore (Don), Dan Duryea (Danny) and Arthur Kennedy, so sit back and enjoy. Would you keep a bag of $60,000.00 if it presented itself to you? Is Lizabeth Scott really that bad a person....? Actually......yes, she is .....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Housewives can get awfully bored sometimes. 6 Jan 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Too late for Tears is directed by Byron Haskin and written by Roy Huggins. It stars Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea and Arthur Kennedy. Music is by Dale Butts and cinematography by William C. Mellor.

One night Alan and Jane Palmer (Kennedy & Scott) are driving to a party out Hollywood way, when all of a sudden someone in another car tosses a suitcase filled with cash into the back seat of their car. So begins a tale of greed, betrayal and murder.......

Money is poison.

Low budget be damned, Too Late for Tears (AKA: Killer Bait) ends up being a film noir (in story terms) of some excellence. Banging the drum whilst singing that money be the root of all evil, Haskin (I Walk Alone) and Huggins (I Love Trouble) put Scott front and centre as one of the ultimate femme fatale bitch's. Jane Palmer is a cunning cat, it's perhaps not for nothing that Duryea's Danny Fuller pet names her as Tiger, for Palmer knows exactly what she wants, and now that she has the financial means and sees a way of elevating herself to the richer playing field, she literally will stop at nothing to keep it that way. Be it murder or her sexuality as a weapon, Palmer is in control; even as she takes the knuckles from the hapless Danny. It's a dynamite character and Scott has all the necessary requirements (sultry, blonde, angular bone structure) to make her work for maximum effect.

Around Scott there's much to enjoy as well. Duryea is perhaps a given in the sort of film noir role we just love him for, but also Kennedy as the foolish husband makes a telling impact. DeFore, as the character is written, has to play his cards close to his chest for much of the time, this often gives the sense that he has wandered into the wrong movie.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
"We were white-collar poor," explains Jane Palmer to her husband, Alan. "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." What she's explaining is her desire to keep the $80,000 someone tossed into their convertible by mistake. It was supposed to go to a blackmailer. Alan, an honest guy who loves his wife, wants to go to the police. She doesn't. (Please note: Plot points are discussed.)

Jane Palmer (Lizabeth Scott) is a toxic combination of sex, greed and phony love. In other words, a great noir femme fatale. If only Too Late for Tears were a great noir. Jane convinces her husband (Arthur Kennedy) to keep postponing turning over the money to the cops. Then she starts spending it. And Alan keeps underestimating her needs. "What is it, Jane?" Alan asks her. "I just don't understand you! I've tried to give you everything you wanted, everything I could." "Yes," she says, "you've given me a dozen down payments and installments for the rest of our lives."

When the blackmailer, Danny Fuller (Dan Duryea), tracks her down and wants his money, she convinces him she'll do a deal. "You haven't anything to hide, have you?" Danny asks, while looking her over as she sits and crosses her legs. "No, I can see you haven't." Jane soon sizes Danny up as a weak crook who can be led around by his undershorts.

After Alan disappears, permanently, Jane misleads her brother's sister and convinces the police she's done nothing wrong. Then Danny gets his with a belt of poison in his scotch. The sister's suspicions are met with an understanding smile.
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I say let's kill 'em with style!" 14 Mar 2004
By Dave - Published on
This film noir classic from 1949 has a very well-crafted plot. Lizabeth Scott & Arthur Kennedy play a married couple who have a bag filled with $60,000 thrown into their car by mistake! Lizabeth Scott wants to keep the money, but her husband wants to do the right thing & turn the money over to the cops. When the owner of the money (Dan Duryea) comes to collect she decides to get rid of her self-righteous hubby & split the money with Duryea! From then on, the tension builds as people become suspicious of Lizabeth Scott, who turns out to be much deadlier than Duryea figured. This little-known gem is highly recommended for film noir buffs. However, I want to warn you that although the movie is great, the transfer is not. There's some "jumpy" scenes, plenty of scratches visible, & the image quality is never totally clear. The sound quality isn't so hot either, & at times you can't even hear all they're saying! Considering the low cost of the dvd, these flaws are forgivable, but I'd love to see this great classic restored to its original glory.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Film Noir - Horrible Release 16 Jun 2006
By Moviefanatic - Published on
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I am not going to write about the movie itself. It's a film noir classic. What I would like to comment on is this absolutely shameful DVD release by Image. They have used one of the worst public domain copies, without a hint of restoration and charge over $20 for this. It's a robbery! The only redeaming quality of this release are great but short documentaries by Eddie Muleer. The best print of Too Late for Tears (aka. Killer Bait) that I have seen so far is included in the terrific 5 Film Noir Killer Classics 6-DVD set (where one entire DVD is entirely devoted to great special features) and it costs less than this turkey.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I think i'll pass........ 28 Jun 2004
By Michael C. Glancy - Published on
For the price, Image should have put out a better quality print than what was used in this disc. You can see this same print on a dvd called "Film Noir Triple Feature Vol. 1". This film has an alternate title of "KILLER BAIT" which is available as a better quality print in a 6 disc set called "5 Film Noir Killer Classics". I'm so glad that i was able to rent this disc through the mail FIRST. The movie is good as far as content goes. I think i'll pass on this transfer of it, though.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, crappy DVD....... 1 July 2004
By violinsoldier - Published on
I can't really add much to what's already been written about this under-rated, almost forgotten, classic film noir. Lizabeth Scott is the ultimate femme fatale, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake, while Dan Duryea shines as the foil. Great, snappy dialogue, especially from Duryea. There's a nice twist at the ending, which I obviously won't reveal here.
The DVD that I have, though, is easily one of the worst transfers ever - not what one would expect from a DVD in this day-and-age - it's skips, jumps and pops at various times and is overly-dark in some spots, although the dialogue that is missed is not really crucial to the story, but it is highly annoying. All in all, this has to be one of my personal favorite film noirs - along with Detour, Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, D.O.A., Sorry, Wrong Number, The Killing, Raw Deal, Scarlet Street, The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers, Out Of The Past, The Asphalt Jungle, The Maltese Falcon, and Kansas City Confidential... (there are so many great ones in this genre!)
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible quality from Image Entertainment 14 Jun 2004
By A Customer - Published on
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Buyer beware. Image Entertainment/Dark City has used the exact same print of this film as was used for the budget-line DVD from Alpha Video/Gotham Distribution. The picture quality is so bad, it's virtually unwatchable. Right from the start, the picture is jittery, as if it's running in a broken projector. Everything is out of focus -- this must be a fifth or sixth generation print, not even close to broadcast quality. The picture is littered with grain, specks, scratches, you name it. Several nighttime scenes are absolutely pitch-black -- you can't see anything at all on the screen. And there are so many missing frames that the movie keeps lurching forward like a bad japanese animation film.This is the first release in Image Entertainment's "Dark City" series. I hope it's also the last. Image Entertainment has done a huge disservice to film noir fans. Instead of hunting down a better source print (or at least a second print to provide the missing frames) and doing even a halfway decent restoration job, Image presents a DVD that is no better than the budget-priced Alpha release, even though the Image release costs much more. Fans of old movies who are accustomed to the superior restoration work that's been done on DVD's from companies like Warner and Columbia, will be sorely disappointed by the inferior quality of this release. "Too Late For Tears," while not a classic, is a better than average example of 40's film noir. It deserves better treatment than this -- and DVD buyers deserve more respect. I for one will never buy another DVD from Image Entertainment.
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