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Cash on Demand (1961)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | October 1961 (UK)
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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Quentin Lawrence

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David T. Chantler (screenplay by), Lewis Greifer (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

A ruthless crook apparently 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 police 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)


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1961 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Atraco a la moderna See more »

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Budget:

£37,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (original 1963 UK theatrical release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This is a remake of Theatre 70: The Gold Inside (1960). Both André Morell (as Andre Morell) (Colonel Gore-Hepburn) and Richard Vernon (Mr. Pearson) reprised their roles in the film version. Additionally Hans Müller directed both versions. 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: I detest brutality. I want bank robberies to be smoother and more sociable.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The First Noel
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a solid caper flick
2 February 2005 | by dr_foremanSee all my reviews

When I was a teenager, Peter Cushing was my favorite actor; I simply loved his commanding performances in Hammer Studios' horror films. But when I eventually became more interested in dramas and foreign flicks, my appreciation for both Cushing and Hammer waned. I started to wish that Cushing had taken meatier roles in less lurid movies.

Thankfully, I just had the chance to see "Cash on Demand," a film that stretches Cushing's acting ability farther than most of his horror efforts. It's still a genre film – you could label it a crime/film noir movie – but nevertheless, it's got far more dramatic content and character development than the average Hammer film. Cushing is really superb as the cantankerous bank manager; his character is initially quite unpleasant, but as the plot unfolds he becomes gradually, genuinely more sympathetic.

It would be remiss of me to praise Cushing and forget to mention Andre Morell, who plays the debonair bank robber. His performance is wonderfully smug and, for lack of a better word, cool. The two actors have a great rapport throughout the movie, and together they hold the viewer's attention without the aid of any flashy sets or action sequences.

Clearly a modest movie, made for less money than it takes to film a TV show today, "Cash on Demand" is nevertheless a solid caper flick that deserves the attention of movie fans – particularly those who, like me, are interested in seeing Cushing flex his acting muscles outside the realm of vampires and other forms of animated corpses.


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