Payroll (I Promised to Pay)

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Billie Whitelaw dominates this crime melodrama, not as a criminal but as vengeful bystander Jackie Parker. Parker's husband, an armored car driver, is killed during a carefully orchestrated robbery. The police have an idea of who's responsible, but they lack proof. On her own, Parker goes after the suspects one by one, using psychological torture (phone calls, poison pen letters) to break them down. She reduces inside man Pearson (William Lucas) to a quivering mass of gelatin, and indirectly sends Monty (Kenneth Griffith) to a sticky end in a mire of quicksand. The film's climax is a showdown between Parker and gang boss Mellors (Michael Craig). Payroll was based on a novel by Derek Bickerton. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Michael Craig
as Johnny Mellors
Francoise Prévost
as Katie Pearson
Billie Whitelaw
as Jackie Parker
William Lucas
as Dennis Pearson
Tom Bell
as Blackie
Barry Keegan
as Bert Landridge
Andrew Faulds
as Det. Insp. Carberry
Edward Cast
as Detective Sgt. Mark Bradden
William Peacock
as Harry Parker
Glyn Houston
as Frank Moore
Joan Rice
as Madge Moore
Hugh Morton
as Mr. John
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  • The one pleasant surprise about this lamentably slanted film is the French actress Francoise Prevost, who manages to give the bad girl in a banal situation humanity and warmth, Miss Whitelaw, of course is good however she slants, but that's no surprise.

    Jul 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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