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Payment Deferred (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 7 November 1932 (USA)
A man poisons his nephew out of desperation for money.

Director:

Lothar Mendes

Writers:

Ernest Vajda (screen play), Claudine West (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Laughton ... William Marble
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Winnie Marble
Dorothy Peterson ... Annie Marble
Verree Teasdale ... Mme. Collins
Ray Milland ... James Medland
Billy Bevan ... Hammond
Halliwell Hobbes ... A Prospective Tenant
William Stack William Stack ... A Doctor
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Storyline

Bank clerk William Marble is desperate for money to pay his family's bills. When his wealthy nephew visits, Marble asks him for a loan, but the young man refuses. Marble decides to kill his nephew. It is a twisted path to justice after Marble is transformed by the crime he committed and the wealth he gains. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castigo do Céu See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Neil Hamilton played the role of O'Sullivan's boyfriend, but all his scenes were deleted. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, a very obvious boom-mike shadow catches William Marble's last words and then pulls up and out of the shot. See more »

Quotes

William Marble: That's why I say, you're lucky to have turned up when you did.
James Medland: But, why? What's it got to do with me?
William Marble: You've got the capital and I've got the knowledge. It seems to me we ought to make a pretty strong combination.
James Medland: Oh, I've really very little money that I can touch and I'm not sure I want to...
William Marble: You only need a little. You've probably got enough in your case!
James Medland: No, thanks. I'm not keen on it.
William Marble: But, dash it all! You don't object to making money do you? If the Franc goes to 60 and you've bought ...
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Soundtracks

Gruesome Tales
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Music by William Axt and Erno Rapee
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Excellent
7 August 2011 | by max843See all my reviews

For those who feel this film reminds them of a stage play I must say I have seen a few movies that could fit that description, but Payment Deferred does not.

The characters draw you into their world, a small glimpse of life during the early part of the last century. My mother used to squeeze oranges for my dad each morning on the same sort of juicer Charles Laughton uses while caring for his wife. And always having guests come in to the (usually) single heated room was de rigueur.

The comment regarding the clues being too obvious was likely from a younger person - in the old days one did not touch anything belonging to the father of the household! We were not even allowed to change the radio dial. My grandmother was not allowed to paint on Sundays or use bright colours, my dad could not read the funny papers on a Sunday, his children could not attend the movie theatre.

Payment Deferred drew me back into its time capsule - good story, casting and excellent acting.


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