Never Too Late (1965 film)
|Never Too Late|
|Directed by||Bud Yorkin|
|Produced by||Norman Lear|
|Written by||Sumner Arthur Long (play)|
|Screenplay by||Sumner Arthur Long|
|Music by||David Rose|
|Cinematography||Philip H. Lathrop|
|Edited by||William H. Ziegler|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$2.1 million (est. US/Canada rentals)|
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.
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.
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.
- Paul Ford as Harry Lambert
- Maureen O'Sullivan as Edith Lambert
- Connie Stevens as Kate Clinton
- Jim Hutton as Charlie Clinton
- Jane Wyatt as Grace Kimbrough
- Henry Jones as Dr. James Kimbrough
- Lloyd Nolan as Mayor Crane
additional uncredited cast members included:
- Gino Cappelletti (the professional football player) as Lumberyard Man
- Tommy Farrell as Ainsley
- Pamelyn Ferdin as Little Girl in Elevator
- Timothy Hutton as Boy Running to His Daddy
- Barbara Kelley as Woman in Elevator
- Alessandro Macone (then owner of Macon's Sporting Goods) as Lumberyard Man
- John Polcari Jr. (of the Polcari Restaurant family) as Lumberyard Man
- Richmond Shepard as Indian Chief
- "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967, p. 8.
- Never Too Late at the TCM Movie Database