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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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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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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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Winnie Marble: Have you seen many kangaroos?
James Medland: Kangaroos? Why, rather, I, I've hunted them quite a bit.
Winnie Marble: Oh, I say! Ha-ha.
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Omnipotence (Great is Jehovah the Lord)
Music by Franz Schubert
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Laughton Plays a Simple Man with Broad Strokes
1 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Payment Deferred" drips with melodrama and moral rectitude, but it's still worth seeing. Charles Laughton plays the part of William Marble, a wretched bank clerk whose debts drive him to a desperate act. Laughton reprises the role he first played on stage, which may be the reason for his overly broad portrayal and his lack of subtlety. Still, Laughton is always fun to watch.

Ray Milland--so young you might not recognize him--plays Marble's long lost relative who comes to visit. Maureen O'Sullivan plays Winnie Marble, the self-centered daughter who craves money so she can look down on those who have always looked down on her.

It's a simple story that rarely ventures from the confines of the Marble household, but it demonstrates what passed for a crime story in 1932. Later, despite the Hayes code, Hitchcock and others would produce crime stories with more psychological subtlety and those that live in the gray areas of moral uncertainty.


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