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Payment on Demand (1951)

The film is about divorce but with flashbacks as to why divorce occurs.

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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 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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Ehrgeizige See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gwenaud Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the beginning of the film, Jim drives up to the house in a 1949 Cadillac (Series 62) convertible. Only 8,000 were built. Fully restored, in excellent condition this car can easily fetch six figures in 2016. In 1949 the sticker price was $3,442 ($34,743 in 2016). 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

Mrs. Edna Blanton: It's a man's world. They get everything out of it. I've told Fred hundreds of times, I'd never divorce him. No matter what he did, he couldn't make me divorce him. I'm his wife till death do us part - and I'm very healthy!
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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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Married couple find out that they are truly strangers to each others needs.
22 November 2011 | by luvly_ducksSee all my reviews

One of Bette's worst. Cannot for the life of me understand how anyone who is a true fan of the legendary great could feel that this was one of her better movies. True, the material is not the greatest, but regardless of it her supporting cast manages to rise above the mediocre material with a special nod to fabulous Jane Cowl. Bette is simply atrocious in her simplistic, stiff, and almost self-parody of a scheming and unyielding wife. Her interpretation totally alienates her audience from her character's dilemma. In short: Why on earth would anyone want her? She's a total monster!

Please guys, enough of this code, pre-code, censor, stuff. It wasn't as restrictive as you often make it sound, as many films managed to circumvent it altogether. The way you behave one feels one was living through a Reign of Terror.... One might not be happy with the ending but it was hardly the iron-will of the censors that ordained it.....


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