Six or seven years ago I got a DVD compilation of femme fatale noir films at Hastings.
They were grainy TV prints, but the whole thing cost only about $6 and I got about 10 movies.
Blonde Ice and Too Late for Tears were the two that stood out in my mind.
I think I've seen Lizabeth Scott perform exceedingly well in the big budget films like Martha Ivers and Dead Reckoning.
But Too Late for Tears is entirely her driven vehicle and she absolutely is in control of every scene that she appears in. She's so strong in this movie that I think she's even in control of scenes that she does not appear in!
Her performance as a greed -driven control freak is not only compelling but sympathetic, believe it or not. The only other movie that ever made me feel this way about murdering thieves was Bonnie and Clyde.
Lizabeth is supported superbly by these fine actors: Arthur Kennedy, Don Defore and the Great Dan Duryea.
Looking at Dan Duryea in this movie you got to say he should have picked up Alan Ladd's mantle as a big Film Noir star,but major stardom, it never happened for him.
I grew up watching Double Indemnity so I couldn't help but see a few similarities. Yet, at the same time this is a cheaper compact movie that almost relied entirely upon the Star's performance.
Because, the writing doesn't compare with Billy Wilder, but the plot is feasible, if not entirely probable.
As you probably know by now I really love this movie. And I'm happy to hear that soon they'll be some really good prints of it out there.
I have a set with these two and four others. They are not so much grainy as dark. However, I watched TLFT on TCM recently and it seemed just as dark, particularly the significant night time scenes.
Regardless, it is a good movie and a better copy would definitely make it more enjoyable. My set also has Lady of Burlesque (Barbara Stanwyck) and Martha Ivers (Stanwyck) which I like more.
And I do think Scott was very good in Ivers and Dead Reckoning.
I have the Route 66 DVD set and Dan Duryea is in two episodes where he is very good.