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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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"They killed one man too many...hers!" See more »

Genres:

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 »

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Production Co:

Lynx Films Ltd. See more »
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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 »

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It Happens Every Day
By Tony Osborne & Norman Newell (uncredited)
Sung by Eddie Ellis
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Francoise Prevost who brings this film to life
16 September 2008 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

This is a very decent British crime film with some excellent moments. Tom bell carries off the part of the main baddie pretty well but I do not feel he is consistently good throughout, although this may well be shortcomings in the script, which certainly needed tightening up. I thought Billie Whitelaw rather unconvincing as mother of two and amateur sleuth, but she just about gets away with it. No, for me it is Francoise Prevost who brings this film to life. She dominates every frame she is in and the whole film seems to step up a gear. We are uncertain as to her motives and I am sure this is intended if unusual in a film such as this. Most refreshing that we should take to a character and then not really be sure whether we should be cheering or not. Shades of 'The Wire'?!! There is some fine location action and indeed it is some of the car or hideout interiors that slow the film down. Overall though, well worth a watch and something out of the ordinary.


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