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This movie made me love Charles Laughton...
- Laura V-B
Charles Laughton is a magnificent actor, and his over-reactions in this movie are harmless and quirky, adding to the overall feeling of the movie which is a somewhat lighter reflection of an otherwise dark and dreadful topic. The story tells of the financial desperation that drives him to his first perilous deed, and then continues to carry him further and further into the dark abyss of his soul as he strives to hide his misdeed. He is a naughty, naughty man and eventually pays handsomely...first through his ever-intensifying fears and then he finally faces up to a crime...just not the one he committed. Excellent way to spend just under an hour, if memory serves me correctly. Next time I catch it on TCM, I'm going to record it to watch whenever I'm feeling the need for a naughty little Laughton in my life!
charles laughton movies
I would like to see Charles laughton movies more of them especially""" ,,payment deferred """and """the suspect""" you havent put the suspect on for ages,,, thats a great movie,, c'mon tcm ,, put these on not just the same old ones,,, ty pleaseeeeee
I really enjoy watching all of Laughton's movies and this one is a real treasure. I would love to see a whole month of Charles Laughton movies beginning with his earliest! This particulre movie is one of my all time favorites. All of the supporting actors and actresses are wonderful.
Payment Deferred (1932)
- Mr. Blandings
Quirky but eerie movie with Charles Laughton as the morally bankrupt loser who kills for money and then can't live with his guilty conscience. The way he keeps jumping at noises and is transfixed with the lump of dirt in his garden that marks the spot where he buried his nephew, reminds one of Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." Laughton's performance is very expressive and not very subtle, which makes the movie highly engaging but at times highly amusing and I don't know whether it's purposeful black comedy or not. Maureen O'Sullivan's performance as the daughter is surprisingly honest and heartfelt, especially at the end when she visits her father (spoiler) before his execution. Oh, and the synopsis on TCM is incorrect, as Laughton's character doesn't make a habit of murder. Ray Milland's character is the only person he kills directly, although indirectly he is fully responsible for the death of his wife, and so -- as the title says -- his payment to society is deferred (i.e. postponed or delayed) but he does indeed pay for it in the end.
- Katie River
why can't we have Charles Laughton for a whole monthstarting with all the old movies first then unto the last one. I am a big fan. I can watch his movies every day and nevermove from my chair. Please show us Payment Deferred Ican not find it not even in Hollywood the capital of movies.
a little gem
I love anything with Maureen O'Sullivan, this is one of her many fine films. She does such a nice job starting out as a meek submissive daughter, then transforms her character to a bold independent lass, her former humility giving way to some snobbery and then, at the end, once again a loving daughter. Wonderful!
If you enjoy Charles Laughton movies. You will not want to missthis powerful performance. Ray Milland is great. Lets get those old movies out here.
Payment Deferred (1932)
- James Higgins
Charles Laughton delivers yet another powerful performance in a very well written story. Ray Milland is great in an early supporting role. Nice cinematography and a great pace. It's a bit melodramatic at times but it was always interesting thanks to Laughton.
This Film on DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I think this movie should be on DVD sooner rather than later. As you know, I like Charles Laughton.