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Payment on Demand (1951)

 -  Drama  -  3 February 1951 (USA)
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The Ramseys, David and Joyce (Barry Sullivan and Bette Davis), have been married for about 21 years and have two daughters (Betty Lynn and Peggie Castle)... See full synopsis »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
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David Anderson Ramsey
Jane Cowl ...
Mrs. Emily Hedges
Kent Taylor ...
Robert Townsend
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Martha Ramsey
John Sutton ...
Anthony Tunliffe
Frances Dee ...
Eileen Benson
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Diana Ramsey
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Ted Prescott
Walter Sande ...
Swanson
Brett King ...
Phil Polanski
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Jim Boland
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Mrs. Edna Blanton
Katherine Emery ...
Lisa Golm ...
Molly
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The Ramseys, David and Joyce (Barry Sullivan and Bette Davis), have been married for about 21 years and have two daughters (Betty Lynn and Peggie Castle)... See full synopsis »

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

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3 February 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Story of a Divorce  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Emily Hedges: Be careful, Joyce. When a woman starts getting old, time can be the avalanche and loneliness - a disaster.
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Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

A Woman's Intuition
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Bette Davis
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While the characters are somewhat unpleasant, the story is very innovative for 1951.
24 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Payment on Demand" is a good film. It's well made and interesting throughout. However, it has two minor flaws--you really don't care that much about the two main characters and the ending seemed a bit difficult to believe. Still, the acting is nice and the film is worth seeing.

The film begins with a husband (Barry Sullivan) announcing that he wants a divorce. The wife (Bette Davis) at first is in denial, as she insists to herself and others that he'll be back. Here is where it gets interesting. So far, you really dislike the husband as he seems pretty selfish. However, as the wife sits at home contemplating her life, she has flashbacks and through these interestingly constructed vignettes*, you see that she herself has contributed to the coldness in the marriage through her insistence that he become successful at any cost. Through this, you see that the marriage falling apart is both their faults and the film ends on a very strange note--that you'll just have to see to appreciate.

*These vignettes were unusual because they looked like a filmed version of a play. The sets would light up and when they were complete, the lights would dim--just like in a play. And, it worked very well.


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