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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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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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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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The one sin no woman ever forgives. See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Trivia

The film was made before Bette Davis' comeback film, All About Eve (1950), but wasn't released until the year after. See more »

Goofs

When Joyce meets with Mr Prescott's he is smoking a cigarette. When he moves to the front of his desk, he offers Joyce one and lights one for himself! You can actually see his first cigarette still smoking behind him. See more »

Quotes

David Ramsey: There's an old rule: never play cards with strangers.
Mr. Hedges: Come and have a drink. We'll get to be friends.
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Connections

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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Bette Davis vehicle
29 May 2020 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Joyce Ramsey (Bette Davis) is the hard driving force inside her marriage to lawyer David Ramsey. They are well off with daughters Martha and Diana. Suddenly, David wants a divorce. In flashbacks, their relationship is shown from their poor beginnings and the cancer growing within it.

This is Marriage Story from the 50's. That's a crazy concept. I would have liked less aggression imbalance between Joyce and David although that's the premise here. I can't ignore that. She is the alpha in the relationship and Bette Davis is the perfect vehicle for the material. Her acting power is a great match for her character's personality. Overall, it's a compelling character work in a challenging film considering the era.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 February 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of a Divorce See more »

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Gwenaud Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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