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Too Late for Tears

(aka Killer Bait)
USA 1949. Dir: Byron Haskin. 99 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION! Sultry noir fixture Lizabeth Scott (Dead Reckoning) sizzles as femme-fatale housewife Jane Palmer in this long-unseen, recently restored thriller — “the best unknown American film noir of the classic era,” says Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation. Jane and husband Alan (Arthur Kennedy) are out driving (and arguing) one night when a passing car tosses $60,000 into their backseat. Greedy Jane wants to keep the dough; honest Alan’s not so sure. Soon, a shady private dick (noir heavy Dan Duryea) appears at the couple’s home, followed by a mysterious stranger (Don DeFore). Director Byron Haskin helmed 1953’s The War of the Worlds; screenwriter Roy Huggins (Pushover) created The Fugitive and other TV hits. “A complex, breezy, and black-hearted homage to James M. Cain and Raymond Chandler … [with] one of the juiciest female villains in Hollywood history” (FlickerAlley.com).


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"The new version released by Flicker Alley at last does justice to the cinematography of William Mellor, and it’s the difference between a decent little movie and one that’s near-great."

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