YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 13: Too Late for Tears (1949)

How do I love Lizabeth Scott? How much time do you have?

She may not have been the best actress in the world, but boy, was she made for noir. There was just something about her – was it her voice, her hair, her eyes, her smile? The way she wore her clothes? (The way she sipped her tea?)

Whatever it was, I liked it. And today’s YouTube noir is the Lizabeth Scott film I’ve seen most often – Too Late for Tears (1949). I fell in love with this film the first time I saw it, more than 20 years ago, and my fondness only grows with every viewing. In addition to Scott, the cast includes noir vets Dan Duryea and Arthur Kennedy, along with Don DeFore, giving us a performance that’s light years away from his “Mr. B” on TV’s Hazel. What’s not to love?

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

Jane isn’t giving up this cash without a fight.

Scott stars as Jane Palmer, a housewife who sees a way out of her dissatisfied existence when a satchel full of cash is fortuitously tossed one night into her car. Her good-guy husband (Arthur Kennedy) wants to turn the money in, but Jane doesn’t particularly care for that idea, if you get my drift. And if you think she puts up a struggle with her husband, just imagine her reaction when the real owner of the money shows up!

WHAT ELSE?

There was $60,000 in the satchel that wound up in the Palmers’ car. Adjusting for inflation, that would come to more than six hundred thousand dollars today. (No wonder Jane was so eager to hang on to it!)

Miller and Scott.

Both Lizabeth Scott and co-star Kristine Miller, who played Jane’s sister-in-law, died in 2015 – Scott was 92 and Miller was 90. Scott and Miller also co-starred in the 1947 noir I Walk Alone.

There’s a scene about halfway through the film where Jane abandons her car on the beach. Not long after, two fellas happen by and steal the car. One of them – the one who gets in on the driver’s side – was played by Jimmie Dodd, best known for his role as master of ceremonies on the Mickey Mouse Club.

 TOMORROW . . .

Join me for my next YouTube recommendation on Day 14 of Noirvember!

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 13, 2020.

2 Responses to “YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 13: Too Late for Tears (1949)”

  1. “The way she sips her tea?” You are both funny and musical.

    Step one to making a noir: put Lizabeth Scott in the middle and build outward. It works.

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