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Payment on Demand (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 3 February 1951 (USA)
The film is about divorce but with flashbacks as to why divorce occurs.

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Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
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Mrs. Emily Hedges
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Robert Townsend
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Anthony Tunliffe
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Eileen Benson
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Phil Polanski
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Jim Boland
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Mrs. Edna Blanton
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The film is about divorce but with flashbacks as to why divorce occurs.

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He strayed and he paid . . She saw to that! See more »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on September 3, 1951 with Bette Davis and Barry Sullivan reprising their film roles. See more »

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Shadow on the wall to the right as it pulls back from the conference room after the divorce settlement meeting. See more »

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Joyce Ramsey: [to husband David] You tell me what it's worth to be civilized...
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Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

A Woman's Intuition
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Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Bette Davis
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How much she's alienated him
7 April 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In Payment On Demand Bette Davis gets the shock of her life when husband Barry Sullivan asks her for a divorce. They seem to be the perfect couple with two daughters both about to leave the nest. They are a social success in their small town, something that Bette has striven very hard for. Possibly too hard.

If it is true that RKO held up Payment On Demand to see how All About Eve would fair, they needn't have worried. Bette under the direction of Curtis Bernhardt whom she knew and worked with in her days at Warner Brothers gave her just the right direction for a spirited performance. Before All About Eve she had left Warner Brothers under a cloud with the stinker Beyond The Forest fresh in everyone's mind.

It takes her the whole film to realize how much she's alienated her attorney husband Sullivan. They're a great social success, but he's lost friends in the process. Particularly Kent Taylor, a young attorney who Sullivan started out in practice with. You have to see how Davis in her helpful way accomplishes that.

In the supporting cast singled out should be stage great Jane Cowl as Bette's mentor and friend who has gone down a path that she foresees for Davis. Also John Sutton who plays a shipboard lounge lizard that Davis pulls back from. A timely telegram from one of her daughters helps.

Though the order they were made was reversed, Payment On Demand proved to be an excellent followup film to All About Eve. Bette Davis was definitely back on top.


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