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:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
12390 7.4 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
2091 7.3 Too Late for Tears
846 7.3 Come to the Stable
2632 7.2 In the Good Old Summertime
3234 7.1 The Big Steal
7515 7.1 The Fountainhead
3505 7.0 Mighty Joe Young
514 6.7 The Great Gatsby
973 6.6 Follow Me Quietly
655 6.6 Scene of the Crime

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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