Cash on Demand

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Cash on Demand
Cash on Demand FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Quentin Lawrence
Written by David T. Chantler
Starring Peter Cushing
André Morell
Music by Wilfred Josephs
Cinematography Arthur Grant
Edited by Eric Boyd-Perkins
Distributed by Hammer Film Productions (UK)
Columbia Pictures (USA)
Release date
October 1961
Running time
80 min (also shown as 60, 84, and 88)
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget ₤37,000[1]

Cash on Demand is a 1961 British thriller film directed by Quentin Lawrence and starring Peter Cushing and André Morell.[2] 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.

Plot[edit]

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.

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Critical reception[edit]

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."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marcus Hearn & Alan Barnes, The Hammer Story: The Authorised History of Hammer Films, Titan Books, 2007 p 69
  2. ^ http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/28903
  3. ^ Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, pp. 280–81.

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