It's Never Too Late to Mend

It's Never Too Late to Mend (US release title Never Too Late) is a 1937 British melodrama film directed by David MacDonald and starring Tod Slaughter, Jack Livesey and Marjorie Taylor.[1] In the film, a villainous squire and Justice of the Peace conspires to have his rival in love arrested on false charges.[2]

It's Never Too Late to Mend
Directed byDavid MacDonald
Produced byGeorge King
Written byH.F. Maltby
Charles Reade (novel)
StarringTod Slaughter
Jack Livesey
Marjorie Taylor
Music byJack Beaver
CinematographyHone Glendinning
Edited byJohn Seabourne Sr.
George King Productions
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
March 1937
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It is based on the novel It Is Never Too Late to Mend by Charles Reade.[3] The film was made at Shepperton Studios as a quota quickie for release by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was popular enough to be re-released in 1942.

The novel was adapted once before, as a British silent film in 1922, starring Russell Thorndike as Squire Meadows.[4]


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "Great fun in the old cloak-and-dagger melodrama style...Played in an exaggerated, bigger-than-life manner, this melodrama is a good enough outing, particularly for fans of camp."[5] and Sky Movies wrote, "As usual, Tod Slaughter ignores the intimacy of the film medium and roars through this movie at full throttle, giving the kind of marvellously storming performance that would easily have reached the back row of the upper circle...David Macdonald is more a referee than a conventional director, coming up with a highly entertaining slice of ripe and fruity hokum."[6]


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