The New York Times described it as “a yarn about a cash-hungry dame who doesn’t let men or conscience stand in her way.” TOO LATE FOR TEARS was Lizabeth Scott at her most manipulative and ruthless. Which is saying something, because she hadn’t exactly been the nice girl in THE STRANGE LOVE OF MARTHA IVERS, PITFALL. DEAD RECKONING, or any of the other classic noir films that she had already been in. She had the voice. She had the body. But most of all she had a look in her eye that seemed to bring men to their knees. At least until she decided they weren’t of any use to her anymore and she found a way to make them dead.
She stared with Bogart, Mitchum, Heston, Kirk Douglas and host of other leading men of the 40s and 50s. She had a long-running affair with movie boss, Hal Wallis. She was hated by Tallulah Bankhead. And denounced in New York scandal sheet “Confidential” for being being a lesbian and using hookers in an article headlined “Lizabeth Scott in the Call Girls’ Call Book.” There were even rumors that she was the inspiration for the manipulative Bette Davis character in ALL ABOUT EVE.
Whatever you want to say about her, there can be no doubt she was a stone cold killer in the sexiest of ways. The most dangerous, deadly and cunning of any femme fatale that ever was. And that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.