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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
"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 12, 1946 with Charles Laughton reprising his film role. See more »
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 »
My word, a taxi, if you please! I say, take look at our neighbors, will you. They're off to the seaside.
Is it true, they have made some money?
Some money? He made a fortune!
Oh. Is that his wife, in the dreadful clothes?
Yes. And that's his kid. The stuck up little baggage!
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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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