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I Promised to Pay (1961)

Payroll (original title)
A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong, when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ... See full summary »

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A vicious gang of crooks plan to steal the wages of a local factory, but their carefully laid plans go wrong, when the factory employs an armoured van to carry the cash. The gang still go ahead with the robbery, but when the driver of the armoured van is killed in the raid, his wife plans revenge, and with the police closing in, the gang start to turn on each other. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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The scheme was perfect...the getaway was clean...but a ruthless woman plotted a deadly doublecross! See more »

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20 May 1962 (USA)  »

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Despite its Newcastle setting not one character has a genuine "Geordie" (Newcastle/Tyneside) accent. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Mellors: In case you didn't know, killing that driver was murder, and you're an accessory. You give yourself up, Monty, you'll swing, sure as Christmas.
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It Happens Every Day
Written by Tony Osborne & Norman Newell (uncredited)
Sung by Eddie Ellis
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Payroll Delivers the Goods
21 April 2008 | by (Out There in the Dark) – See all my reviews

One one level, PAYROLL (1961) is another in the long line of heist films so perfectly initiated by John Huston's THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950). At that level, the film holds its own: a British version of the familiar plot concerning a planned robbery, interpersonal conflicts, betrayals, and tragedy. But PAYROLL deserves special mention among the likes of ARMORED CAR ROBBERY (1950), RIFIFI (1955), THE KILLING (1956), ROBBERY (1967) and numerous others. This film has a fast pace and a dynamic directing style all its own. A fantastically exciting film with top-drawer performances by a cast that includes a few names that would achieve greater fame later on. A top-drawer Noir-tinged thriller with a strong sense of fatality, aided by Reg Owen's jazz-inflected music and by stark black & white photography, displaying Newcastle locations to great effect.


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