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Payment Deferred (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 7 November 1932 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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William Marble
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Winnie Marble
Dorothy Peterson ...
Annie Marble
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Mme. Collins
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James Medland
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Hammond
Halliwell Hobbes ...
A Prospective Tenant
William Stack ...
A Doctor
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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 Anonymous

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Castigo do Céu  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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

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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 »

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Mr. Cuhlen, the butcher: Mr. Marble.
William Marble: Eh, morning, Cuhlen.
Mr. Cuhlen, the butcher: You promised to settle your accounts at the first of the month. Today's the tenth and I ain't seen a copper.
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Coriolanus Overture
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Payment Deferred, so should viewing.
21 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charles Laughton starts chewing the curtains almost immediately in this grisly tale of greed and murder. Sir Charles had yet to tone down his film performances that would calibrate into some of the finest ever on screen and with Payment Deferred he's strictly a bull in a china shop.

Bank clerk William Marble faces ruin with his family when a suddenly long lost nephew (Ray Milland) appears on his doorstep. Imploring him for a loan Marble is rebuffed and resorts to killing him. In a wild reversal of fortune he goes from ruin to riches but remains tortured and ultimately a victim of his own success which leads to his destruction.

Lothar Mendes direction is stilted and it's clear he has no handle on Laughton who lurches erratically throughout, his inflection a work in progress. Maureen O'Sullivan and Verea Teasdale also seem to have caught what Laughton has, especially in the case of Teasedale's outrageously accented French seductress. Dorothy Peterson as Marble's suffering wife is both tragic and serene in the films only impressive performance.

Mendes does supply some flashes of Hitchcock editing but for the most part the pace remains obvious and stilted; interspersed with glimmers of brilliance from Laughton followed by scene killing eruptions.


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