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Payment on Demand (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 3 February 1951 (USA)
The film is about divorce but with flashbacks as to why divorce occurs.

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Joyce Ramsey
Barry Sullivan ... David Ramsey
Jane Cowl ... Emily Hedges
Kent Taylor ... Robert Townsend
Betty Lynn ... Martha Ramsey
John Sutton ... Anthony Tunliffe
Frances Dee ... Eileen Benson
Peggie Castle ... Diana Ramsey
Otto Kruger ... Ted Prescott
Walter Sande ... Swanson
Brett King Brett King ... Phil Polanski
Richard Anderson ... Jim Boland
Natalie Schafer ... Edna Blanton
Katherine Emery ... Pat Gates
Lisa Golm ... Molly
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Storyline

Well-to-do Joyce Ramsey is the dominant and domineering force in her household comprised of her lawyer husband David Ramsey, their young adult daughter Diana Ramsey and their late teenaged daughter Martha Ramsey. Everything Joyce has done in the course of her marriage to David has been in the pursuit of wealth, prestige, comfort and security for her and the family, which belies her and David's humble beginnings. Their current wealth and status began with a white lie told by Joyce to one of David's potential clients when David was still struggling as a lawyer, that lie which had the consequence of Joyce, and by association David, stepping on the back of a friend as they climbed the social ladder, Joyce never to look back after this and subsequent such actions. Joyce has no real idea of how her actions have negatively affected David's feelings for her, Joyce who is blindsided when David asks her for a divorce in no longer loving her. As such, Joyce has no idea why David wants the ... Written by Huggo

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I MADE HIM ... now I'LL break him! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of a Divorce See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gwenaud Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Cowl's last film. See more »

Goofs

Shadow on the wall to the right as it pulls back from the conference room after the divorce settlement meeting. See more »

Quotes

Joyce Ramsey: Your home is lovely, Mrs Hedges.
Mrs. Emily Hedges: Are you satisfied now?
Joyce Ramsey: Satisfied? I don't understand.
Mrs. Emily Hedges: Oh yes you do, my dear. You understand perfectly. You've been angling for months to be invited here. Did you think I didn't know? You've done all the proper things. Let me beat you at bridge, flattered me about my clothes, laughed at my jokes.
Joyce Ramsey: You're smarter than I thought you were, or I'm less subtle than I thought I was. Your clothes are good, but you're a dull bridge player. I did want to come here - I ...
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Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

A Woman's Intuition
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Bette Davis
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Nearly forgotten Bette Davis soaper...
5 May 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Bette Davis works her usual magic with a colorless role as a wealthy society matron whose miserable husband wants her to give him a divorce. Film's best moments are the flashbacks to the couple's happier times, which are filmed in a dreamy, surreal manner. Jane Cowl gives an outstanding supporting performance as an elderly woman attracted to gigolos, but the centerpiece here is Davis, and she's magnetic as always. Filmed just before "All About Eve"--but released afterward--the picture benefits greatly from the shadowy cinematography, but the pacing plods a bit. Not a bad melodrama, but one that is never mentioned when film-historians revisit Davis' illustrious career. ** from ****


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