“Too Late for Tears” is a film noir thriller released in 1949, directed by Byron Haskin and starring Lizabeth Scott and Dan Duryea. The film follows the story of Jane Palmer (Lizabeth Scott), a bored housewife who finds herself in possession of a suitcase full of money. Her husband Alan (Arthur Kennedy) wants to turn the money over to the authorities, but Jane has other plans. She convinces him to keep the money and use it to start a new life.
Their plans are soon complicated when Danny Fuller (Dan Duryea), the man who originally had the money, comes looking for it. Jane and Alan find themselves in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Danny and his associates. As the tension escalates, Jane becomes increasingly ruthless and manipulative in her efforts to keep the money and avoid detection by the authorities.
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Jane’s desire for the money is driven not only by her desire for a more exciting life but also by her ambition and need for control. Her actions ultimately lead to a violent confrontation with Danny, and the film ends with a satisfying twist.
Overall, “Too Late for Tears” is a gripping and well-crafted film noir that showcases the talents of its cast and crew. The film’s dark themes and suspenseful plot make it a classic of the genre, and it remains a must-see for fans of noir cinema.
Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea