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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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Trivia

This film's initial telecast in Philadelphia took place Friday 27 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles Thursday 6 February 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first aired 6 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). Although this title would have been included in the MGM library then under the control of WCBS (Channel 2), there is no reliable documentation that it was ever televised in New York City at this time, most likely due to its age, and sponsor resistance to the pre-code aspects of the story. 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

Winnie Marble: Dad! Breakfast will be ready soon. It's Sunday morning, kippers.
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Soundtracks

Gruesome Tales
(uncredited)
Music by William Axt and Erno Rapee
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Charles Laughton: Star
22 May 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Of all the stars of the 1930s, Charles Laughton was probably one of the most unlikely. He was fat, not handsome, and as hammy as any film actor in history. But he was also a colossal talent. For years, filmgoers couldn't take their eyes of him when he was on screen. Laughton was a star. Payment Deferred was an early starring role, and while Laughton is twitchy and hammy, he's also wonderful as the timid bank clerk who turns to murder. Stagy but effective little thriller. Maureen O'Sullivan and Ray Milland (in one of his first sizable roles) are also good as are Dorothy Peterson (as the wife), Veree Teasdale (as the shop owner), Halliwell Hobbes, Ethel Griffies, Doris Lloyd, Billy Bevan, and William Stack. But Laughton is front and center and he's a joy to watch.


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