Never Too Late (1965 Film)
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Never Too Late 1965 Film
Never Too Late
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Directed byBud Yorkin
Produced byNorman Lear
Screenplay bySumner Arthur Long
Based onNever Too Late
(1962 play)
by Sumner Arthur Long
StarringPaul Ford
Connie Stevens
Maureen O'Sullivan
Jim Hutton
Music byDavid Rose
CinematographyPhilip H. Lathrop
Edited byWilliam H. Ziegler
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • November 4, 1965 (1965-11-04)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
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 (played by 64-year old Paul Ford) who discovers, after 25 years of marriage, she is to become a mother for the second time.[2]


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 recent defeat in an election for town mayor. Adding to his frustrations, the mayor who defeated him in the election is a neighbour. His adult daughter Kate is of little or no help to anybody; she and her husband Charlie live with Harry 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 also pregnant. Kate begins pressuring her husband Charlie to get her pregnant, without success.

Harry doesn't want to be a father again at his age; in his sixties, he worries that he will be in his eighties when the child graduates from college, making him embarrassed and feeling foolish. He also complains about Edith's spending, particularly after a misjudged prank by Charlie and himself insulting the mayor leads to their losing a lumber supply contract for a new stadium.

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


additional uncredited cast members included:


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.

Bob Crane auditioned for the role that went to Jim Hutton.[3]

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.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967, p. 8.
  2. ^ Never Too Late at the TCM Movie Database
  3. ^ Alpert, D. (Jan 21, 1968). "Bob crone I red over anti-TV snobs". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 155798371.
  4. ^

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