Written by / 9/29/2022 / No comments / , , , , , , , , , , , ,

WILLIAM LUCAS, MICHAEL CRAIG & BILLIE WHITELAW IN 'PAYROLL'

William Lucas & Michail Craig in PAYROLL Year: 1961 Rates: ****

Early example of girl power encroaching a manly action flick, or more like widow power in that Billie Whitelaw only initially seems the docile suburban wife/mother, married to the literally driven creator of an armored vehicle... 

Whose invention thwarts a gang's plan to rob a factory safe, now mobile... but the equally driven and dangerous Michael Craig (contrasting to the heroic MYSTERIOUS ISLAND role) is hell-bent on the blag going down... 

Michael Craig in PAYROLL AKA I PROMISED TO PAY

And like the likely inspiration of Richard Fleischer's American Film Noir ARMORED CAR ROBBERY, there are four eclectic crooks, and one of their wives is having an affair with the viciously heartless leader... 

Making for a racy romance between Craig and Françoise Prévost, married to inside man William Lucas, who, having stolen the armored car's plans for the job to happen in the first place, is holed-up at at home while progressively coming unglued and rightfully paranoid, one of the plan's two guilt-ridden weaklings along with nebbish bandit Kenneth Griffith: unlike the frantic/paranoid Lucas... the audience's barometer of fear/suspense... he doesn't really belong...

Tom Bell in PAYROLL aka I PROMISED TO PAY

Leaving the best for last in wild card Tom Bell, starting a career of edgy, argumentative young thugs and, like in another British heist thriller, A PRIZE OF ARMS, he even blindly rebels against the smarter, much stronger criminal boss...

Their tension setting the unpredictable mood far more capably than widow Whitelaw, whose vengeful trail is not only contrived but sometimes laughably convenient... Morphing the sparse Noir-suited title of PAYROLL into I PROMISED TO PAY, sounding more Harlequin than Hardboiled.

Billie Whitelaw in PAYROLL aka I PROMISED TO PAY
William Lucas in PAYROLL aka I PROMISED TO PAY
Tom Bell in PAYROLL aka I PROMISED TO PAY
Michael Craig, Barry Keegan, Kenneth Griffith and Tom Bell in PAYROLL
Michael Craig, Barry Keegan, Kenneth Griffith and Tom Bell in PAYROLL
Michael Craig and Billie Whitelaw in PAYROLL aka I PROMISED TO PAY
Billie Whitelaw in PAYROLL aka I PROMISED TO PAY
Tom Bell in PAYROLL aka I PROMISED TO PAY
Tom Bell fourteen long years later in ROYAL FLASH
Tom Bell in PAYROLL aka I PROMISED TO PAY
The real title PAY ROLL with a Volkswagen Van from 1960
Françoise Prévost in PAYROLL aka I PROMISED TO PAY
Françoise Prévost in PAYROLL aka I PROMISED TO PAY
Cutie starlet PAULINE SHEPERD in PAYROLL
William Lucas foreshadows the Kray biopic Tom Hardy here in PAYROLL
Pauline Sheperd interrupts a paper-stealing/copying William Lucas in PAYROLL
Poster for PAYROLL with Billie Whitelaw
Title Card for the film's actual title PAYROLL
Michael Craig, Tom Bell and Kenneth Griffith in PAYROLL
Michael Craig in PAYROLL AKA I PROMISED TO PAY
Michael Craig & William Lucas in PAYROLL AKA I PROMISED TO PAY
Michael Craig & William Lucas in PAYROLL AKA I PROMISED TO PAY
William Lucas and Michael Craig in PAYROLL
William Lucas and Paddi Edwards in PAYROLL
Joan Rice and Billie Whitelaw in PAYROLL
Michael Craig in PAYROLL
William Lucas and Françoise Prévost in PAYROLL
Kenneth Griffith and Vanda Godsell in PAYROLL
Michael CRAIG in PAYROLL
William LUCAS in PAYROLL
William LUCAS in PAYROLL

Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , , , , , , , ,

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

All Time Popular

Featured Post

LAWRENCE TIERNEY IN 'THE NEGLECTED NOIR OF 'THE HOODLUM'

Title: THE HOODLUM Shown: Lawrence Tierney, Angela Stevens Year: 1951 Rating: *** Pulpy programmer about a newly released convict, Vincen...

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM

WWW.CULTFILMFREAKS.COM
Movie Reviews, Interviews, Articles and Pop Culture from White Heat to Blue City

MONTH OF LAWRENCE TIERNEY

RIP ACTOR KEN HUTCHISON

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE

FOUNDED BY JAMES M. TATE
RANDOM QUOTE: "Well, I'd rather be a foghorn on Long Island than a nightingale down here." Lawrence Tierney, Kill or Be Killed

FILM NOIR & NEO NOIR CRIME

FAVORITES SHORTLIST

1)OTLEY 2)HELL IS A CITY 3)ROBBERY 4)THE FEARMAKERS 5)CANYON PASSAGE 6)VIOLENT SATURDAY 7)HOT CARS 8)JUNGLE STREET 9)ANATOMY OF A MURDER 10)THE CROWDED SKY 11))THE MAN FROM LARAMIE 12)SHARKS' TREASURE 13)SWEENEY TWO 14)RAIDERS FROM BENEATH THE SEA 15)HARDCORE 16)THE SYSTEM 17)WHITE HEAT 18)AL CAPONE 19)THE SERGEANT 20)FALLEN ANGEL 21)NIGHT CREATURES 22)CURSE OF THE DEMON 23)ASH WEDNESDAY 24)THE BREAK 25)AIR PATROL 26)DUEL IN THE JUNGLE 27)EASY LIVING 28)WILLIAM CONRAD'S BRAINSTORM 29)FRENZY 30)THE ROARING TWENTIES 1)DANA ANDREWS 2)JAMES CAGNEY 3)JACK NICHOLSON 4)MARLON BRANDO 5)STANLEY BAKER 1)VIRGINIA MAYO 2)SUE LYON 3)GENE TIERNEY 4)MERRY ANDERS 5)FAYE DUNAWAY DIRECTORS 1)JACQUES TOURNEUR 2)RICHARD FLEISCHER 3)STANLEY KUBRICK 4)ORSON WELLES 5)OTTO PREMINGER 6)JOHN LANDIS 7)JOHN GUILLERMAN 8)VAL GUEST 9)JOHN CARPENTER 10)MICHAEL WINNER

BRITISH NEW WAVE CINEMA

RARITIES AND EXPLOITATION

HAMMER HORROR & THRILLER

Popular This Month

CHARLES BRONSON CINEMA

CINEMA OF DANA ANDREWS

WESTERN GENRE REVIEWS

PEAKING INTO THE SIXTIES

KICKING IN THE EIGHTIES

TALES AND REFLECTIONS

REVVING THE SEVENTIES

FOR HORROR MOVIE REVIEWS


Reviews for the British series The Sweeney

Most Popular Last Year

RETURN TO THE HOMEPAGE