Never Too Late (1965 film)

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Never Too Late
Never to Late 1965.jpg
Directed by Bud Yorkin
Produced by Norman Lear
Written by Sumner Arthur Long (play)
Screenplay by Sumner Arthur Long
Starring Paul Ford
Connie Stevens
Maureen O'Sullivan
Jim Hutton
Music by David Rose
Cinematography Philip H. Lathrop
Edited by William H. Ziegler
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • November 4, 1965 (1965-11-04)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.1 million (est. US/Canada rentals)[1]

Never Too Late is a 1965 comedic feature film directed by Bud Yorkin. It stars 54-year-old Maureen O'Sullivan as the wife of a businessman (Paul Ford) who discovers, after 25 years of marriage, that she is to become a mother for the second time.[2]


The film is based on the 1962 Broadway play of the same name by Sumner Arthur Long which also starred Ford and O'Sullivan. The play ran for a total of 1,007 performances until its end in 1965, shortly before its Technicolor motion picture release.

It was filmed in Concord, Massachusetts in 1964 and 1965.

According to the November 10, 1965 edition of the New York Times, the film was playing at Radio City Music Hall the previous evening, on the night of the Northeast blackout of 1965.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

Harry Lambert is a New England lumber company executive in a humdrum life with his wife Edith. He feels his life has grown stale since his defeat in an election for town mayor. His adult daughter Kate is of little or no help to anybody; she and her husband Charlie live with him and Edith, and Charlie lives a freeloader's life, working at the lumber company.

Bothered by unexplained fatigue, Edith is persuaded by her friend Grace (Jane Wyatt) to go see a doctor. Edith learns she is pregnant. Her daughter Kate wishes she were pregnant as well. Kate begins pressuring her husband Charlie to get her pregnant... but with no success.

Harry doesn't want to be a dad again at his age; he is embarrassed and feels foolish. He also complains about Edith's spending, particularly after he and Charlie prank and then insult the mayor and subsequently lose a contract to supply the lumber for a new stadium.

Despite his many complaints, Harry is genuinely taken aback when Edith announces that she is leaving him to move to Boston and have the baby by herself. Harry pursues her to bring Edith back, while Charlie finally comes through for him by winning back the stadium contract.


additional uncredited cast members included:

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