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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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"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 27, 1949 with Charles Laughton again 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

William Marble: You must go away at once. My wife is ill, terribly ill
Marguerite Collins: What?
William Marble: She mustn't know you are here. It would upset her.
Marguerite Collins: Ha-ha-ha. So, you are so fond of her now?
William Marble: Yes, I am.
Marguerite Collins: What? That old bundle of rags.
William Marble: Keep your filthy mouth shut!
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Gruesome Tales
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Music by William Axt and Erno Rapee
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A loss of Marbles
18 November 2008 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

If you like British mysteries from the 20s and 30s, this film will be right up your alley. It has all the twists and turns of the plays and books from that period.

Charles Laughton plays Mr. Marble, a low-level bank employee who resorts to crime in order to get the cash he needs to play the market. He's the kind of lower-middle-class guy who, when he finally gets some cash, fills his tawdry parlor with Victorian gewgaws and paintings like "September Morn" because he thinks it shows "class." (His daughter, who grows into a snob once the money starts flowing, mocks him for his cheap vulgarity.)

He makes the mistake of falling into the clutches of a cheap French floozy who complicates life even further. The clever script keeps taking unexpected turns until the closing curtain.

For me, the problem with the film wasn't that it was dated. The problem is Charles Laughton. I have never understood his appeal. His face is often void of any expression except a sort of sheep-like stupidity (same as when he played Javert in LES MIS), and he overacts consistently, like villains in silent movie potboilers. The ending of the film was spoiled for me by the goofy shot of him laughing maniacally while everything around him fades.

But...if you can enjoy a good plot even when the leading man goes way over the top, this is a pleasant murder mystery from a long-lost age.


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