Payment on Demand (1951)





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In this film, Bette Davis plays the wife of Barry Sullivan, who one fine morning demands a divorce. Most of the film is in flashback, recounting the events leading up to the marital schism. Although Sullivan takes up with Frances Dee, Davis attempts to patch up the marriage.
Drama , Romance
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RKO Radio Pictures

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Bette Davis
as Joyce Ramsey (nee Jackson)
Barry Sullivan
as David Anderson Ramsey
Jane Cowl
as Mrs. Emily Hedges
Kent Taylor
as Robert Townsend
Betty Lynn
as Martha Ramsey
John Sutton
as Tunliffe
Frances Dee
as Eileen Benson
Peggie Castle
as Diana Ramsey
Otto Kruger
as Prescott
Walter Sande
as Swanson
Brett King
as Phil Polanski
Richard Anderson
as Jim Boland
Natalie Schafer
as Mrs. Blanton
Katherine Emery
as Mrs. Gates
Lisa Golm
as Molly
Kathleen Ellis
as Receptionist
Mack Williams
as Pinkins
Ilka Gruning
as Mrs. Polanski
David Leonard
as Mr. Polanski
Barbara Peterson Davis
as Diana as a Child
Sherry Merrill
as Diana as a Child
Ruth Lee
as Aunt Edna
Jay Brooks
as Butler
Lela Bliss
as Mrs. Filson
Moroni Olsen
as David Ramsey's Attorney
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An emotionally engrossing and impeccably produced drama that makes beautiful use of flashbacks. Davis hits every scene perfectly, from a young social climber to a lonely middle-aged divorcee, she brings style and emotion to a role that could have been simply depressing. Sullivan is excellent as her "hick-at-heart" husband, and their relationship is refreshingly believable. Betty Lynn shines as Davis' younger, less materialistic daughter.

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