Too Late For Tears

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USA | 1949 | 99 Minutes | Byron Haskin

February 15, 2014

For many years, all 35mm prints of Too Late for Tears were believed lost, but through the determined efforts of the Film Noir Foundation, sufficient original material has been discovered to enable a restoration, performed under the auspices of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Based on a novel by future television titan Roy Huggins, and featuring Huggins' own brilliant screenplay, the film is a neglected masterpiece of noir awaiting rediscovery. A suburban housewife's decision to keep a satchel of money accidentally tossed into her convertible results in mayhem and murder. The five-year effort to restore "one of the best film noir movies no one has seen," culminates in the film's return to the big screen.

  • Director: Byron Haskin
  • Principal Cast: Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1949
  • Running Time: 99 Minutes
  • Producer: Hunt Stromberg
  • Screenplay: Roy Huggins
  • Cinematographers: William C. Mellor
  • Editors: Harry Keller
  • Music: R. Dale Butts
  • Filmography: Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), Treasure Island (1950),The War of the Worlds (1953), Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
  • Format: 35 mm
  • US Distributor: Astor Pictures Corporation