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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

Writers:

David T. Chantler (screenplay), Lewis Greifer (screenplay) | 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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

Although certificated by the BBFC in June 1961, this film did not get a release in the UK until December 1963 when it went out as the support film for Bye Bye Birdie (1963). 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: You know, I think banks are rather fun.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The First Noel
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Suspenseful bank heist film from Hammer
8 November 2012 | by WNYerSee all my reviews

A by-the-books bank manager is forced to rob his own bank by a charming thief who holds his family hostage.

Peter Cushing and Andre Morrell repeat the solid on screen chemistry they displayed three years earlier when they teamed up as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Hammer's version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). This time they are antagonists with Morrell playing the suave robber and Cushing - in a change of pace role - as the ultra priggish banker. Morrell is deliciously nasty but Cushing really deserves some acting kudos for creating a "jerk" of a character that you actually start to sympathize with as Morrell turns the screws.

Quentin Lawrence, a veteran of British TV, skillfully directs a tight script in a confined setting and keeps the tension high and story moving - almost like it's unfolding in real time. Once the normal routines and relationships are quickly established, he ratchets up the tension with Morrell's arrival and never lets up. The psychological duel begins and it's a treat to watch.

My only nitpick about the film is the ending which I thought was a little too neat and tidy for my taste.


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