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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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David Anderson Ramsey
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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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Diana Ramsey
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Ted Prescott
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Brett King ...
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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She made him pay for the one sin no woman ever forgives! See more »

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3 February 1951 (USA)  »

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Jane Cowl's last film. 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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Edna Blanton: It's a man's world. They get everything out of it. I've told Fred hundreds of times, I'd never divorce him. No matter what he did, he couldn't make me divorce him. I'm his wife till death do us part - and I'm very healthy!
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Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

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A Woman's Intuition
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Bette Davis
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Flashbacks of a declining marriage
1 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was Bette Davis's first film after All About Eve (1950), and it surprisingly showed that the aging star's "staying power" at that time.

Payment on Demand shows Davis in both her strong conniving side as well as her weaker more vulnerable side.

Here, she plays Joyce Ramsey, the middle-aged wife of David Ramsey (Barry Sullivan) and the mother of two daughters in their late teens or early 20s: Martha (Betty Lynn) and Diana (Peggie Castle).

As the movie opens, we see Joyce as the wife of a successful man and the mother of burgeoning and wonderful daughters. She clearly is happy with her station in life and its situation, and confident that everything is under control. However, when her husband comes home one evening and asks for a divorce, it throws her off balance. As she displays a calm facade, she reflects back on her married life. The movie displays this backward reflection as a series of flashback scenes in silhouette (which I found as very convincing as a way to show the past without leaving the present). There, flashback scenes show the Ramseys as hopeful and full of life as they run off to get married and meet life head on.

Now, those salad days are gone and David is tired of the superficial life that his wife has helped make for him. But, filing for divorce is one thing, and the anticipation of living in that life is quite another, as Joyce finds out...


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