July 1949: Too Late For Tears

Based on the title I thought this was gonna be a Douglas Sirk weepie. But instead it’s a very noir film noir!

This movie started off simply fabulous. Ly. Great random set-up and perfect noir performances. But things get more involved and the actors start chewing the scenery and instead of ever-increasing tension, we just get ever-increasing “er… uhm…” But the plot does have some wonderful twists.

The bluray has that over-restored look: In a quest to make the shadows #000000, they’ve dropped all the details down to black. It’s like they’ve just turned the contrast button up to 300%. It kinda suits the movie, but it’s too much.

Too Late For Tears. Byron Haskin. 1949.

Popular movies in July 1949 according to IMDB:

123907.4She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
20917.3Too Late for Tears
8467.3Come to the Stable
26327.2In the Good Old Summertime
32347.1The Big Steal
75157.1The Fountainhead
35057.0Mighty Joe Young
5146.7The Great Gatsby
9736.6Follow Me Quietly
6556.6Scene of the Crime

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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