CASH ON DEMAND (1961) Crime thriller reviews by Peter Cushing Hammer

‘How do you rob a bank… and get away with it?’

Payment on demand is a 1961 British neo-noir crime thriller about a bank manager who must pretend to cooperate with a would-be thief.

Directed by Quentin Lawrence from a screenplay co-written by David T. Chantler and Lewis Greifer, based on the 1960 teleplay The gold inside by Jacques Gillies.


The Woodpecker/Hammer Films production stars Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird, Kevin Stoney, Barry Lowe, Edith Sharpe, Lois Daine and Alan Haywood.


“…it’s not about stealing, it’s about how stealing affects Cushing. To that end, he also contrasts well with André Morell as the affable thief, especially since the pair spend much of the film together. Quentin Lawrence’s directing is understated but effective, allowing their performances to shine. 100 movies in one year

“This movie is really kind of a masterclass that shines a spotlight on both men and then gives them endless opportunities to shine in different ways. The dramatic buildup, for example, only happens because they’re able to infuse it with a very genuine sense of uncertainty, and then at the right time, lots of surprises, and it’s all accomplished strictly through interactions of deceptively simple.

“Above all, it’s Peter Cushing’s performance of the austere man, for whom efficiency matters most (although the film is subtle enough to allow him some integrity as well), and who will be scared away by a sense warmth of humanity, which lifts the film well above the superficial levels of most “B” movies. Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane, The British B-moviePalgrave Macmillan, 2009

“André Morell as Gore-Hepburn and Richard Vernon as Pearson provide solid support but it’s Cushing who dominates the film. Too bad the ingenuity of the script does not extend to the end. Besides being dramatically not very satisfying, it also doesn’t fit the mood of the rest of the film. Cult movie reviews

“It was one of Cushing’s few non-horror roles. The film is an under-the-radar gem that deserves some love and a wider audience. Dennis Schwartz film reviews

“It is a pleasure to see Cushing and Morell hard at work in Payment on demand. Their reactions to each other – especially as adversaries – are ideal, and the almost Dickensian tale is executed in a way that only a studio like Hammer could bring us. Recommended.” DVD player

“It’s especially nice to see Peter Cushing get so much screen time to develop his character. […] After Morell’s thief punches him in the face, Cushing has to take a few seconds to wipe the tears from his eyes. It’s a wonderful little moment of action. Payment on demand is a real gem and a very pleasant surprise.” Scholar DVD

” … suspenseful, cynical, fun Payment on demand continues to impress the viewer with its small-scale yet impressive charms. And then… someone tries to turn it into A Christmas Carol. Pity. Still… for everything that goes into this banal and sick denouement – ​​including the socko performances of Cushing and especially Morell – I highly recommend Payment on demand.” DVD Talk

“Based on a play by Jacques Gillies, Payment on demand remains as fresh and enjoyable today as it was when first released 50 years ago. David T. Chantler and Lewis Greifer do a good job with the script […] and Quentin Lawrence directs with enough skill, but it’s the acting that makes this such a compelling slice of entertainment. ‘Cause it’s the man’s number


“…it was good that in this effort he had a role in demonstrating his expertise to a different audience. If only Fordyce had really outmaneuvered Hepburn, it might have been a minor classic, as we had to be convinced that the experience had made the manager a better person, even if the two stars’ accomplished fights were good things. The rotating image

“The resolution that Payment on demand comes to I suppose will satisfy connoisseurs of crime and suspense as well as those in search of the restorative holiday balm that Dickens’ tale has delivered for generations, but without needing to dwell on itself in the trappings of a traditional holiday classic. Trailers From Hell


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UK, Payment on demand was released on Blu-ray by Indicator/Powerhouse Films on February 15, 2021. Features:

High definition remastering
Original mono audio
Two screenings of the film: the original UK theatrical version (67 minutes); and the extended US version (81 min)
Audio commentary with film historians Jonathan Rigby and David Miller
The Perfect Crime: Inside ‘Cash On Demand’ (2018, 19 min): an analysis of the film and its production by Hammer expert Jonathan Rigby, BFI curator Josephine Botting and cultural historian John J Johnston
Hammer’s Women: Lois Daine (2018, 10 min): critic and author Becky Booth on the popular English actress
Lois Daine on ‘Cash on Demand’ (2018, 8 mins): new exclusive interview
Original theatrical trailer
Image galleries: press and promotional material
New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

Cast and characters:

Peter Cushing … Harry Fordyce
André Morell … Colonel Gore Hepburn
Richard Vernon … Pearson
Norman bird … Arthur Sanderson
Kevin Stoney … Detective Inspector Bill Mason
Barry Lowe … Peter Harville
Edith Sharpe … Miss Pringle
Lois Daine … Sally
Alan Haywood … Kane
Jimmy Cains … Santa Claus
Vera Cook … Mary Fordyce (voice)
Charles Morgan … Detective Sergeant Collins
Paddy Smith … bank customer
Fred Stone… Glass Cleaner
Gareth Tandy … Tommy Fordyce (voice)
Graham Tonbridge … bank client

Filming locations :
Bray Studios

Technical details:
1h20 (United States)
1 hour 7 minutes (UK)



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