Cash on Demand
|Cash on Demand|
|Directed by||Quentin Lawrence|
|Written by||David T. Chantler|
|Music by||Wilfred Josephs|
|Edited by||Eric Boyd-Perkins|
|Distributed by||Hammer Film Productions (UK)
Columbia Pictures (USA)
|80 min (also shown as 60, 84, and 88)|
Cash on Demand is a 1961 British thriller film directed by Quentin Lawrence and starring Peter Cushing and André Morell. The film company Hammer Film Productions invested the equivalent of £37,000 in 2009 currency to produce the film. Columbia Pictures began distribution of the film in the United States on 20 December 1961, and screenings continued until April in some major cities.
Two days before Christmas, a bogus insurance investigator conducts a meticulous small-town bank robbery. A stagy but suspenseful set-piece reworking of the Scrooge story in which an urbane, but ruthless, thief induces the complicity of a fastidious bank manager with threats against his family.
- Peter Cushing as Harry Fordyce
- André Morell as Colonel Gore-Hepburn
- Richard Vernon as Pearson
- Norman Bird as Sanderson
- Kevin Stoney as Detective Inspector Mason
- Barry Lowe as Harvill
- Edith Sharpe as Miss Pringle
- Lois Daine as Sally
- Alan Haywood as Kane
- Vera Cook as Mrs. Fordyce
- Charles Morgan as Detective Sergeant Collins
Cash on Demand was selected by the film historians Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane as one of the 15 most meritorious British B films made between World War II and 1970. They note that it also received enthusiastic reviews at the time of its release from The Monthly Film Bulletin and Kinematograph Weekly. They particularly praise Peter Cushing: "Above all, it is Peter Cushing's performance of the austere man, to whom efficiency matters most (though the film is subtle enough to allow him a certain integrity as well), and who will be frightened into a warmer sense of humanity, that lifts the film well above the perfunctory levels of much 'B' film-making."
- Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes, The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films, Titan Books, 2007 p 69
- Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, pp. 280–81.
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