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Cash on Demand (1961)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  October 1961 (UK)
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A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

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Cast

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Colonel Gore Hepburn (as Andre Morell)
Richard Vernon ...
Pearson
Norman Bird ...
Arthur Sanderson
Kevin Stoney ...
Detective Inspector Bill Mason
Barry Lowe ...
Peter Harvill
Edith Sharpe ...
Miss Pringle
Lois Daine ...
Sally
Alan Haywood ...
Kane
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Storyline

A ruthless crook abducts the wife and child of a bank manager and then masquerades as an insurance company detective while scheming to rob the institution in this crime drama. Unfortunately, some of the manager's employees learn about the plot and the terrified manager must beg them to remain silent. Fortunately, the cops have been on the case all along. Written by Dylan Conner

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Taglines:

PERFECT PLAN! PERFECT CRIME! PERFECT SUSPENSE! (original ad - all caps)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Release Date:

October 1961 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Assalto ao Cofre  »

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Budget:

£37,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia distributed the film in America on 20th December 1961 and screenings went on until April in some major cities such as New York. See more »

Goofs

Although failing to shut the inner vault door should result in a burglar alarm going off in 30 seconds, a full 41 tension-filled seconds elapse before Fordyce closes it without harm. See more »

Quotes

Hepburn: [to Pearson] ... and you might sat, in my opinion, it would take a very clever fellow to rob this bank...
[chucles]
Hepburn: ... and I'm an expert.
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Connections

Remake of Theatre 70: The Gold Inside (1960) See more »

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The First Noel
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Fantastic thriller from Hammer studios!
3 August 2009 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

If you think of Peter Cushing in a Hammer production, it will be his roles in the colourful and camp horror films that will spring to mind first, and for good reason as it's those performances that defined the great actor; but Cushing and Hammer also combined on some non-horror films, and Cash on Demand is surely one of the very best of them; both in terms of the film itself and the performance from the great Peter Cushing. This is an absolutely brilliant thriller that works thanks to its simplicity, commanding and intriguing performances and well written script. The film focuses on a bank in a small town which is managed by the dedicated Mr Fordyce. His bank is disturbed one day by a caller who introduces himself as a man from the bank's insurance company, who has come to test the security. However, it transpires that the man is actually a bank robber, who has come to rob the bank, and he's got an associate in Fordyce's house ready to kill his wife and kid if he does not allow the robbery to take place!

Peter Cushing's performance in this film is absolutely immense and undoubtedly one of the best of his career. He gets his character spot on and is completely believable throughout the film and this is one of the main reasons Cash on Demand is such a success. He is joined by André Morell who is equally brilliant in his role as the debonair bank robber. Every scene in the film takes place either in the bank or just outside of it, and most of it takes place in Forsyce's office where we get to watch Cushing and Morell play a game of cat and mouse, which is always fascinating to watch. The film remains simple throughout and director Quentin Lawrence keeps his audience interested through the various elements of the plot. The film does have a few twists and turns, and of course the best of these is saved right up until the end. Overall, this is an absolutely great thriller that is well worth seeing and comes highly recommended! Unfortunately, the copy I saw was rather poor, which makes this a prime candidate for a pristine release on DVD!


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