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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Johnny Mellors
... Katie Pearson
... Jackie Parker
... Dennis Pearson
Kenneth Griffith ... Monty
... Blackie
Barry Keegan ... Bert Langridge
Edward Cast ... Detective Sergeant Bradden
... Detective Inspector Carberry
William Dexter ... Harry Parker (as William Peacock)
... Frank Moore
... Madge Moore
... Doll
... Bowen
Brian McDermott ... Brent
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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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20 May 1962 (USA)  »

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Trivia

In a recent late night U.K. TV broadcast (29/05/18) there is a sequence set in a house where a woman is talking to a man while she is washing her daughter who is in a bath. The daughter is standing up but from her shoulders down her body is optically blurred while her mother is washing her. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits the VW Type 2 Panel Van being driven by the would-be robbers changes from a mono-color to a two-tone. 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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Referenced in Inside the Tower (2015) See more »

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It Happens Every Day
By Tony Osborne & Norman Newell (uncredited)
Sung by Eddie Ellis
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A very underrated thriller.
28 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

'Payroll' is astonishingly good and deserves a DVD release asap! Even though this movie is over forty years old there are still some super tension mounting scenes which had me on the edge of my seat! The ever reliable Michael Craig was particularly convincing, and well supported by the equally impressive Billie Whitelaw. William Lucas over-acted like mad in the scene where he breaks down, but other than that he was in fine form. The b/w film complimented the tale and made the seedier elements even more gripping and believable. I've seen this movie on auction sites a few times and it always attracts a number of bidders. In my opinion its a British gem!


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