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It's Never Too Late to Mend (1937)

| Drama | March 1937 (UK)
An evil prison administrator cruelly abuses the inmates at his prison, until one day the tables are turned.

Director:

David MacDonald (as David Macdonald)

Writers:

H.F. Maltby (dialogue), H.F. Maltby (script) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tod Slaughter Tod Slaughter ... Squire John Meadows
Jack Livesey ... Tom Robinson
Marjorie Taylor Marjorie Taylor ... Susan Merton
Ian Colin Ian Colin ... George Fielding
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Lawyer Crawley
D.J. Williams D.J. Williams ... Farmer Merton
Roy Russell Roy Russell ... Rev. Mr. Eden
John Singer John Singer ... Matthew Josephs (as Johnny Singer)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cecil Bevan Cecil Bevan ... Prison Inspector
Douglas Stewart Douglas Stewart ... Prison Inspector
Mavis Villiers ... Betty
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An evil prison administrator cruelly abuses the inmates at his prison, until one day the tables are turned.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1937 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Never Too Late See more »

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Mono (Visatone Marconi)

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1.37 : 1
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Featured in Doom Asylum (1988) See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Music by Thomas Hastings
Arranged by Jack Beaver
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Underrated pre-Lean British classic
17 January 2001 | by orsonwellesSee all my reviews

This is an underrated portrait of the Victorian prison system and the chaplain who tried to change it. An evil squire(Tod Slaughter) sends an innocent man to the British version of Alcatraz in order to get his filthy mitts on a beautiful girl. The cinematography is what makes this film so memorable. The effective use of light and shadow to accentuate the misery and suffering of the inmates, many of which are victims of a corrupt system, foreshadows a style utilized in many venerable products of English postwar cinema such as David Lean's Oliver Twist(1948) Some modern critics have panned this and many other Tod Slaughter films due to the melodramatic, stagey acting. While films like The Demon Barber of Fleet Street(1936) barely hold up today, Never Too Late is the exception because it is well-acted and photographed and is relevant to the global problem of human rights abuses that in these supposedly progressive times has still to be wiped out. After viewing this, I can see why Queen Victoria passed so many prison reform bills after seeing this story done on stage.


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