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I Promised to Pay (1961)

Payroll (original title)
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 »

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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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The scheme was perfect...the getaway was clean...but a ruthless woman plotted a deadly doublecross! See more »

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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 »

Company Credits

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

Despite its Newcastle setting, not one character has a genuine "Geordie" (Newcastle/Tyneside) accent. 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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Soundtracks

It Happens Every Day
By Tony Osborne & Norman Newell (uncredited)
Sung by Eddie Ellis
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Superior British crime thriller
21 May 2011 | by sheridanelliotSee all my reviews

Payroll is a product very much of its time, borrowing elements from the urban realism of fifties and sixties British cinema upon which to hang its fast-paced, wages-of-sin morality tale. The film is set in Newcastle (though you'd never guess it from the accents) and features strong performances from Michael Craig and Billie Whitelaw, with Françoise Prévost sizzling as the femme fatale par excellence.

The film starts out as a by-the-numbers heist thriller, before taking a sharp turn into territory that almost anticipates the revenge movie vogue of the seventies and eighties. The parallel story lines are handled adroitly, as is the animal attraction between Katie (Prévost) and Mellors (Craig), although William Lucas's turn as Katie's useless husband lacks subtlety.

Payroll is still an engrossing, entertaining and even mildly shocking watch. One weakness which will jar with the modern viewer is the incongruous hot jazz score; silence would have been preferable and more suited to the film's aesthetic.

Well worth a watch, even half a century on.


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