Watch: Cash on Demand 1961 123movies, Full Movie Online – A ruthless crook apparently abducts the wife and child of a bank manager and then masquerades as an insurance company detective while scheming to rob the institution in this crime drama. Unfortunately, some of the manager’s employees learn about the plot and the terrified manager must beg them to remain silent. Fortunately, the police have been on the case all along..
Plot: A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.
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Cash on Delivery? Pah! This is Cash on Demand!
Out of Hammer Film Productions, Cash on Demand is directed by Quentin Lawrence and adapted to screenplay by David Chantler & Lewis Greifer from a play by Jacques Gillies. It stars Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, Richard Vernon, Norman Bird and Kevin Stoney. Music is by Wilfred Josephs and photography by Arthur Grant.
Hammer’s Xmas movie has a kick and half.
In the opening section of Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”, robber in waiting Tim Roth tells his lover, Amanda Plummer, about how a guy robbed a bank with just a telephone. This principal is the core of Hammer’s majestic “Cash on Demand”, an intense, tightly constructed thriller that also provides proof positive of the acting talents of Peter Cushing, Andre Morell & Richard Vernon.
With minimal budget to work from and operating out of practically one set, director Lawrence gets the maximum suspense out of script with no blood letting or overt violence. This is very much about eloquent verbal sparring, the terror is in what might happen should Cushing’s (superbly shifting of the acting gears as the plot unfolds) martinet bank manager not tow the slick line being drawn by Morel’s (brilliantly playing his cards close to his chest) crafty thief.
A real gem and a pleasant surprise, both in technical merits and outcome of story. Highly recommended to all serious fans of Classic British Cinema. 9/10
If anyone was ever to wonder upon whom Arthur Lowe might have based his “Capt. Mainwaring” from “Dad’s Army” character on, then they might look at Peter Cushing here in this superior heist thriller. He is the fastidious, frankly rather obnoxious, bank manager who runs his branch without any regard at all for his staff. Indeed, the first few scenes demonstrate just how unpleasant he can be – even on December 23rd! Unexpectedly, though, he has a visitor. “Col. Gore Hepburn” (André Morell) arrives and advises him and his chief clerk “Pearson” (Richard Vernon) that he is there from their insurance company to inspect the branch security practices. Soon, though, we discover that this visitor has an ulterior motive and has stooped to a fairly brutal and threatening method to secure it. What now follows is a tautly directed drama that allows Cushing to show more of his acting talents than he usually gets to display and there is also a subtle and under-stated performance from an on form Morell too. It falls away at the ending a bit though – I was actually rather disappointed by that, but for the vast majority of the ninety minutes this is an enthralling story that even has a slight sense of “A Christmas Carol” at the conclusion. Certainly well worth a watch.
Suspenseful bank heist film from Hammer
A by-the-books bank manager is forced to rob his own bank by a charming thief who holds his family hostage.
Peter Cushing and Andre Morrell repeat the solid on screen chemistry they displayed three years earlier when they teamed up as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Hammer’s version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). This time they are antagonists with Morrell playing the suave robber and Cushing – in a change of pace role – as the ultra priggish banker. Morrell is deliciously nasty but Cushing really deserves some acting kudos for creating a “jerk” of a character that you actually start to sympathize with as Morrell turns the screws.
Quentin Lawrence, a veteran of British TV, skillfully directs a tight script in a confined setting and keeps the tension high and story moving – almost like it’s unfolding in real time. Once the normal routines and relationships are quickly established, he ratchets up the tension with Morrell’s arrival and never lets up. The psychological duel begins and it’s a treat to watch.
My only nitpick about the film is the ending which I thought was a little too neat and tidy for my taste.
A well executed thriller.
December the 23rd. The City & Colonial Bank is visited by a charming stranger identifying himself as Col. Gore Hepburn (Andre Morell). He asks to speak with bank manager Harry Fordyce (Peter Cushing), who’s a harsh, demanding, detail-oriented type who doesn’t care to get to know his employees better. Soon Hepburn is revealed as a very clever and ruthless bank robber who forces Fordyce into being an accomplice by threatening Fordyces’ wife and son. In a short span of time Fordyce shows a touch more humanity by revealing what it is in the world that he cares most about.
Director Quentin Lawrence (“The Trollenberg Terror”) does a creditable job with this meaty script, written by David T. Chantler and Lewis Greifer based on a play by Jacques Gillies. And one can tell that this is based on a play, with the accent on dialogue, but it’s interesting and riveting all the way through, with very taut direction by Lawrence who gets superb performances out of his two talented leads. Cushing is a joy to watch as a man who becomes more sympathetic as the story plays out. And Morell is fun as the dapper, (mostly) calm thief. Solid support is provided by Richard Vernon as Pearson, the banks’ second-in-command, Barry Lowe as the teller Harvill, and Kevin Stoney as Detective Inspector Mason.
Also indicating a stage origin is a limited number of sets, but this only serves to give this superior film an intimate feel and help us to get completely involved in this twist-laden plot. And the story, which works as a variation on the classic Dickens tale “A Christmas Carol”, is irresistible for its theme of a person in need of some redemption.
Slickly made in every respect, this is among the best of the black & white Hammer thrillers.
Eight out of 10.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 29 min (89 min), 1 hr 20 min (80 min) (DVD) (USA), 1 hr 6 min (66 min) (original 1963 UK theatrical release) (UK)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director Quentin Lawrence
Writer David T. Chantler, Lewis Greifer, Jacques Gillies
Actors Peter Cushing, André Morell, Richard Vernon
Country United Kingdom
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.66 : 1, 1.85 : 1 (U.S. release)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm