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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
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Annie Marble
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James Medland
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Hammond
Halliwell Hobbes ...
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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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7 November 1932 (USA)  »

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Castigo do Céu  »

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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 »

Quotes

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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contrived but entertaining
29 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This crime-doesn't-pay melodrama features a pyrotechnical performance by Charles Laughton as an impoverished bank clerk who poisons and robs his wealthy nephew, using the spoils to speculate with great success on the currency exchange, sending him into a high income bracket virtually overnight.

The exposition is glaringly obvious and contrived, especially the key sequence of the murder itself which is right out of a 1909 two-reeler. Yet it's all gripping because you can't help wondering how it will all work out.

Surrounding the main course of Laughton's steaming spiced ham are plausible performances from Dorothy Peterson as his timid, long-suffering wife, Maureen O'Sullivan as his innocent, earnest daughter, Ray Milland as the ill-fated nephew who shows up out of nowhere just when the plot needs him, and last but not least Miss Veree Teasdale in her element as a cold, greedy, calculating shop owner who develops a sudden interest in Laughton when she learns of his newly acquired wealth.

One can only surmise that the source play developed the situations more convincingly because the essential arc makes sense: a desperate man commits a crime and gets away with it for a while, only to pay for it later in an unexpected way. Between these two high marks we see the corrosive effect of sudden monetary gain on the mores of a lower class family unit.

Finally, Laughton gets to indulge in a spell of insane cackling as he did in another 1932 release, "Devil and the Deep."


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