Cinema: Lady in Waiting

Never Too Late cannot accurately be called a screen version of the Broadway comedy hit by Sumner Arthur Long. It is the play itself, canned and sweetened and shrewdly spiced to suit mature housewives with an appetite for nice clean escape. Late is brazenly unsophisticated, as harmless as rose breeding and just a tiny bit more titillating.

The movie's boldest innovation is that the Broadway principals are allowed to repeat their roles: Maureen O'Sullivan as a small-town matron of grandmotherly age who haplessly becomes pregnant; and Paul Ford as her sixtyish mate, who reacts to his achievement with the dismay of a...

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