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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
Verree Teasdale ...
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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Crime | Drama

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7 November 1932 (USA)  »

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Castigo do Céu  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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"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 »

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: Well, drink up.
James Medland: Cheerio.
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Gruesome Tales
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Music by William Axt and Erno Rapee
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Crime doesn't pay, even if you're Charles Laughton!
3 January 2001 | by (St. George, Utah) – See all my reviews

A gem from the `crime doesn't pay' school of story-telling. Ray Milland has a pretty small role in this obscure but interesting crime drama. Banker Charles Laughton murders young Ray for the money he needs for an investment that will make him rich. In the first few minutes of the film, Ray ends up planted in Charles' back yard, and Charles turns into a nervous wreck, worried about who will dig up Ray. After the investment makes him rich, he sends his wife and daughter off on vacation while he has an affair. Just when you think Laughton couldn't get himself in any deep, the plot takes a surprising turn. The story will keep you guessing, and you won't be disappointed in the climax.

One little hint: the title doesn't refer to money. The `payment' is for crimes committed. As always, Laughton is a delight to watch, and Maureen O'Sullivan (his daughter) is as gorgeous as ever. `Payment Deferred' is a good example of the kind of deliciously bizarre films which the 1930's produced.


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