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I Promised to Pay (1961)

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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Hayers

Writers:

George Baxt (screenplay), Derek Bickerton (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ... Johnny Mellors
Françoise Prévost ... Katie Pearson
Billie Whitelaw ... Jackie Parker
William Lucas ... Dennis Pearson
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Monty
Tom Bell ... Blackie
Barry Keegan Barry Keegan ... Bert Langridge
Edward Cast Edward Cast ... Detective Sergeant Bradden
Andrew Faulds ... Detective Inspector Carberry
William Dexter William Dexter ... Harry Parker (as William Peacock)
Glyn Houston ... Frank Moore
Joan Rice ... Madge Moore
Vanda Godsell ... Doll
Stanley Meadows ... Bowen
Brian McDermott Brian McDermott ... Brent
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Storyline

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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The "Big Kill" Job That Even Shocked the Underworld! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Promised to Pay See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lynx Films Ltd. See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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Featured in Oil City Confidential (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

It Happens Every Day
By Tony Osborne & Norman Newell (uncredited)
Sung by Eddie Ellis
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Typically taut British heist movie!
29 September 2004 | by paulietheboySee all my reviews

When thieves fall out... somewhat formulaic story admittedly but very well done. Beautifully evocative b&w shots of early 60's Britain - sometimes think things really were b&w in those days. I think Craig is an excellent choice as the brooding Mellors and that Prevost was a much undervalued actress - very cool as the femme fatale.

Some of the "hi tech" stuff which looks so funny now was probably really cutting edge then. Check out the photocopier and the tape player.

This film really does go through some of the clichés but is none the worse off for doing so. It also showcases the overlooked talents of the leads as well as introducing us to Tom Bell, who went on to have a fine career and is best known for being the wry cynical sidekick to Helen Mirren in the excellent Prime Suspect.

Great music too!


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