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Payment Deferred (1932)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 7 November 1932 (USA)
A man poisons his nephew out of desperation for money.

Director:

Lothar Mendes

Writers:

Ernest Vajda (screen play), Claudine West (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Laughton ... William Marble
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Winnie Marble
Dorothy Peterson ... Annie Marble
Verree Teasdale ... Mme. Collins
Ray Milland ... James Medland
Billy Bevan ... Hammond
Halliwell Hobbes ... A Prospective Tenant
William Stack William Stack ... A Doctor
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Storyline

Bank clerk William Marble is desperate for money to pay his family's bills. When his wealthy nephew visits, Marble asks him for a loan, but the young man refuses. Marble decides to kill his nephew. It is a twisted path to justice after Marble is transformed by the crime he committed and the wealth he gains. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Castigo do Céu See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 12, 1946 with Charles Laughton reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, a very obvious boom-mike shadow catches William Marble's last words and then pulls up and out of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Marguerite Collins: 500 pounds, please. I should ask for much more. Only I remember how much I love you, once.
William Marble: You're as hard as nails, aren't you?
Marguerite Collins: Well, you used to think so, once.
William Marble: When I think I ever could have wanted you, it makes me feel sick.
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Soundtracks

Omnipotence (Great is Jehovah the Lord)
Music by Franz Schubert
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Charles Laughton: Star
22 May 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Of all the stars of the 1930s, Charles Laughton was probably one of the most unlikely. He was fat, not handsome, and as hammy as any film actor in history. But he was also a colossal talent. For years, filmgoers couldn't take their eyes of him when he was on screen. Laughton was a star. Payment Deferred was an early starring role, and while Laughton is twitchy and hammy, he's also wonderful as the timid bank clerk who turns to murder. Stagy but effective little thriller. Maureen O'Sullivan and Ray Milland (in one of his first sizable roles) are also good as are Dorothy Peterson (as the wife), Veree Teasdale (as the shop owner), Halliwell Hobbes, Ethel Griffies, Doris Lloyd, Billy Bevan, and William Stack. But Laughton is front and center and he's a joy to watch.


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