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Too Late for Tears1949

Too Late for Tears (1949)




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When Lizabeth Scott's Jane Greer husband Arthur Kennedy accidentally gets his mitts on $60,000 in stolen money, she insists that he keep the dough rather than turn it over to the authorities. Two-bit private eye Dan Duryea catches on to Scott's subterfuge, and demands that she turn the cash over to him. Scott persuades Duryea to split the money with her--then, determining that Kennedy might be too honest for everyone's own good, she murders her husband. To cover her tracks, Scott reports her husband as missing. This brings in yet another fly in the ointment: Don DeFore, the brother of Scott's first husband, who died under mysterious circumstances. The already knotted webs of intrigue become even more tangled before Scott's ironic comeuppance. Too Late for Tears was scripted by Roy Huggins, who later produced such TV detective series as The Rockford Files.

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Lizabeth Scott
as Jane Palmer
Dan Duryea
as Danny Fuller
Don DeFore
as Don Blake
Kristine Miller
as Kathy Palmer
Arthur Kennedy
as Alan Palmer
Barry Kelley
as Lt. Breach
Richard Irving
as 1st Bindlestiff
Jimmy Ames
as Fat Man
Jim Nolan
as Parker
John K. Butler
as Little Man
Billy Halop
as Boat Attendant
Jimmie Dodd
as 2nd Bindlestiff
David Clarke
as Sharber
Jack Shea
as Policeman
Charles Flynn
as Policeman
Robert Kellard
as Policeman
Robert Bice
as Policeman
George Backus
as Policeman
Garry Owen
as Officer at Switchboard
Billy Wayne
as Gas Station Attendant
Perry Ivins
as Attendant at Stand
Alex Montoya
as Customs Officer
Robert Neff
as Man in Black Car
Renee Donatt
as Young Girl
Carlos Thompson
as Young Boy
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Critic Reviews for Too Late for Tears

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Despite an involved plot and an occasional overabundance of palaver, not all of which is bright, this yarn about a cash-hungry dame who doesn't let men or conscience stand in her way, is an adult and generally suspenseful adventure.

October 30, 2015 | Full Review…

The movie failed to find much of an audience in its own time. It looks a little better every year.

August 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[Lizabeth Scott's] performance as the ruthless Jane Palmer remains one of the genre's meatiest and devious since the film revolves exclusively around her actions and not those of her male co-stars.

October 6, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

As the money-hungry woman without a conscience, Scott is terrific, seductive as Ulysses' sirens and just as destructive to the men she draws into her web.

October 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The husky-voiced winsome smiling Lizabeth Scott turns in a finely tuned performance as the femme fatale.

February 21, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Too Late for Tears


Lisabeth Scott as a lady whose first rule is "money is king" and whose second rule is "didn't you read the first rule?". Once you begin to understand that you feel sorry for anyone she meets because you know something life-changing that they don't. This noir has lots of caged tension going for it, and the Duryea/Scott changing dynamic/character arc is reason for paying the admission alone. Mmm ... good noir.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Solid noir with one of the more despicable femme fatales in the genre's history. Fortunately that succubus is played by Lizabeth Scott, one of the best purveyors of silky villainy the genre ever had.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


wow what a performance by lizabeth scott! well she's a little less wooden than usual anyway. mild mannered housewife morphs into psychotic killer when a suitcase full of cash lands in her car. it's a shame this film isn't better known. it's public domain and not in the best condition. there were some really abrupt cuts in the version i saw. i hope this gets a restoration one day. lizabeth deserves it!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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