Cash on Demand (1961): Hammer Films Noir Crime Thriller, Starring Peter Cushing

Quentin Lawrence directed Cash on Demand, a British neo-noir crime thriller made by Hammer Film Productions on extremely low budget (about £37,000, or $60,000).

Cash on Demand
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Original theatrical poster

The screenplay was adapted from the 1960 Theatre 70 teleplay The Gold Inside, also directed by Lawrence, and featuring André Morell and Richard Vernon in the same roles.

Columbia Pictures distributed the film in the U.S.

Set at two days before Christmas, the tale centers on a bogus insurance investigator who conducts a meticulous small-town bank robbery.

It’s a suspenseful reworking of the Scrooge story in which an urbane thief induces the complicity of a fastidious bank manager by threatening his family.

Smoothly directed, Cash on Demand is dominated by Peter Cushing’s finely-modulated performance as an austere and efficient man, elevating the movie above the B-level.

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


Directed by Quentin Lawrence
Screenplay by David T. Chantler, Lewis Greifer, based on the 1960 teleplay, “The Gold Inside” by Jacques Gillies
Music by Wilfred Josephs
Cinematography Arthur Grant
Edited by Eric Boyd-Perkins

Production company: Hammer Film Productions

Distributed by BLC Films (UK)
Columbia Pictures (US)

Release date: October 1961

Running time: 88 minutes


TCM showed the movie on October 5, 2020.