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kind of a heartbreaker
This movie is so sweet and sad and heartbreaking all at the same time. Bette and Barry are both wonderful in their parts. Really really good.
payment on demand
- kevin sellers
Interesting film about a woman reassessing her life after her husband dumps her due to her bossy, ambitious, snobby personality. The screenplay, by Bruce Manning and director Curtis Bernhardt, is very good when dealing with the rituals of upper crust WASP society; cocktails with the grown up kids before going out, the post breakup, lonely divorcee cruise, the ladies who lunch getting upset when a birthday party table gets too vulgarly loud etc etc.However, there are three rather large flaws in the script, in my opinion, that keep this movie from being memorable. One is that the husband is simply too saintly. I mean, the guy has not one single flaw. Not only is this unrealistic, but you wonder why such a paragon of virtue would marry a scheming, imperious, ring-tailed bitch. And it's not like the wife became that kind of person halfway through the marriage. She was like that pretty much from the get go. That's the second problem. The third is that the wife's change from a monster of selfishness to a loving and understanding spouse is way too sudden. Basically, it's triggered by five minutes in the company of a lonely divorcee who has to pay for companionship (and, one assumes, sexual favors) from a much younger, sleazier man. Your eyes are blinded by the flash of the lightbulb that goes off in the wife's head as she summarily dismisses her married stud that she's been cruising with and rushes back to hubby. So, it's not a great film, by any means, but it does have some well observed moments and Bette Davis is very good as the wife. We're not talking Margot Channing level here, of course, but maybe Regina Giddens or Stanley Timberlake. And Jane Cowl is pretty darn convincing as the withered, solitary divorcee. So, let's give it a B minus.
Bette, Bette, Bette...how we love you!
- Bonnie Dee Fox
Bette is marvelous and convincing...as always! Great cast. Very good story line!
film to see
- david brown
This is vintage Bette Davis and a very much overlooked gem. She's bossy, nasty, overbearing and over-dressed, all of which I love! Overall, she is extremely confident in her self which I like very much! What a pity she got so fat and ugly when she got older! I used to know a lady who lived on her street and she described her as petite which surprised me, she seemed to loom so large! Bette was brilliant definitely and I respect her enormously!
I Love Lovey
- Vincent Lehotsky
It was a pleasure to see Mrs. Thurston Howell III aka Lovey in the movie. We can always see Ms. Davis here and there, everywhere and several times in doubles. But it's a gem to have Natalie Schafer ...
- John Meyer
In this film you will see the most adult handling of a divorce negotiation, not to mention the brilliant Jane Cowl's last hurrah -and she is totally compelling. Yes, the script is a (mature, intelligent) weepie, the story of how Davis puts her marriage on the rocks and finds she must pay the price of loneliness. Nonetheless, she gives a subtle, not sensationalized performance, and Barry Sullivan is most appealing as the Everyman husband who must fight free of his wife's conventional ideas. All topped off by Victor Young's excellent score, featuring the melody that became known -when lyrics were added- as A Woman's Intuition. Catch this if you can.
Payment On Demand (1951)
- James Higgins
Bette Davis adds a lot to this rather slow moving film, it's not so slow that it bores. Outside of Davis, the cast is bland, I think thats part of the reason for the lack of excitement. It is a good story though, and the score is fine. The art direction isn't anything exceptional but it's adequate. It's watchable, but not very memorable.
Made Before "All About Eve" Released After
This story is about marriage & divorce. Bette Davis plays a woman of wealth who's been instrumental in helping to create her husband's career. Once he's made it, her usefulness to him ends. He wants a divorce because he views her as too ambitious. Eventually she comes to terms with his wishes. But, once they meet again, he wants to have another go at their marriage. This time, she's not sure. The ending of this film caused the filmmakers to test 4 before finally chosing this one. During the time it took to make up their minds, "All About Eve" was released. Much ado had been madeabout Davis' absence from the screen, primarily by male critics. Apparently they failed to consider the facts: duringher absence, Bette Davis gave birth to daughter B.D. (who debuts as a toddler in this film); held up by the producers, Davis had already made this film. What was supposed to have been a career slumpwas instead a woman taking a brief breakto have a baby, then make a film that wasn't released for 2 years after it was made. This was the 1st independent film Davis made after leaving Warner Bros.
Davis & Sullivan Contend with Status
One trademark of the characters Bette Davis chose to play is they are dealing with common human issues. The types that will not change much over a very long period of time. "Payment on Demand" is about Mr. & Mrs. Ramsey (Barry Sullivan & Bette Davis) drifting apart because he's disenchanted by her life's focus upon attaining an upper social status. On her side of the issue, she's worked most of her adult life to help build up his legal career; by hook or crook. She even back-stabbed their good friend to land an account as a critical time period in both men's careers. After the Ramsey's separate, she begins to face how unethically she's lived. Davis turns in another superb performance.