Lizabeth Scott is Jane Palmer, femme fatale in this gritty thriller from the Golden Age of Hollywood noir. Finding $60,000 in hot money, Jane tries to convince her nervous husband (Arthur Kennedy) that they should keep it. When a thug, Danny (Dan Duryea), shows up to claim the cash, she strikes a deal to murder her uncooperative husband and split the dough with him. In a double cross she escapes to Mexico with the entire stash, unaware that she is being trailed by a stranger with an old debt to settle.
Swift dialogue, dark, shadowy sets and brilliant plot twists make Too Late For Tears a hard-boiled winner. Director Byron Haskin, whose career dates back to the silent era, was also responsible for such classics as Arsenic And Old Lace, War Of The Worlds, Passage To Marseilles and They Drive By Night. The phenomenal performances by Scott and Duryea fixed their places in the film noir canon.
When a bag of money is thrown into the car of a young couple, she murders him for the money and will murder anybody else who tries to get in her way. A film noir scream. A.K.A "Killer Bait"
One of the best of its kind
Movie Lover: John Walter from
Middle Village, NY US -- January, 22, 2010
This is film noir as it should be: dark, sinister, evil, well acted, and with a few twists and turns to keep you guessing. Lizabeth Scott plays a greedy and manipulative woman who'll stop at nothing to get what she wants - in this case $60,000 in cash. Dan Duryea is his usual nasty type. The only character who seems miscast in Don Defore but wait, therte may be a reson!
Too Late for Tears
Movie Lover: from
Cambridge, OH US -- September, 28, 2007
Lizabeth Scott is very good as a greedy, scheming woman who will stop at nothing to get rich. Dan Duryea plays his usual tough guy, but this time with more nuance.
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