Duration Running time1h 10m ScreenplayH. F. Maltby
WriterH.F. Maltby (dialogue), H.F. Maltby (script), Charles Reade (novel) Initial releaseMarch 1937 (United Kingdom) CastTod Slaughter (Squire John Meadows), Jack Livesey (Tom Robinson), Marjorie Taylor (Susan Merton), Ian Colin (George Fielding), Laurence Hanray (Lawyer Crawley), D.J. Williams (Farmer Merton) Similar moviesTod Slaughter and others appear in Never Too Late to Mend and Maria Marten - or The Murder in the Red Barn
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. In the film, a villainous squire and Justice of the Peace conspires to have his rival in love arrested on false charges.
It is based on the novel It Is Never Too Late to Mend by Charles Reade. 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.
Tod Slaughter as Squire John Meadows
Jack Livesey as Tom Robinson
Marjorie Taylor as Susan Merton
Ian Colin as George Fielding
Laurence Hanray as Lawyer Crawley
D.J. Williams as Farmer Merton
Roy Russell as Reverend Mr. Eden
John Singer as Matthew Josephs
Leonard Sharp as Bradshaw
Mavis Villiers as Betty
Cecil Bevan as Prison Inspector
Douglas Stewart as Prison Inspector
Jack Vyvian as Innkeeper
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." 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."