🎥 Cash On Demand – 1961
The Story …
Two days before Christmas, a bogus insurance investigator, Gore Hepburn, brazenly conducts a con trick on a bank, largely through making Fordyce the bank manager believe that his family have been kidnapped.
Fordyce is a cold, officious man. Gore Hepburn recognises the insecurities underlying Fordyce’s behaviour and exploits them ruthlessly, tormenting him with veiled threats.
Feeling that he has no choice, Fordyce helps Gore Hepburn to steal £93,000 in banknotes from the bank vault, concealing his actions from the rest of the staff. However, they have already phoned Gore Hepburn’s insurance company as a routine precaution, and discovered that he is an impostor.
When Fordyce learns that the police are on their way he becomes desperate for his family’s safety. When police arrive Fordyce convinces Pearson to cover for him and excuse their contacting them as a misplaced cheque.
Police have already arrested Col Gore Hepburn, who has a case containing the bank’s money. Gore Hepburn is not his real name; he is a known criminal. Police realise he must have had inside help with the robbery, which points to Fordyce.
A quick call establishes that Fordyce’s family were never under threat. Fordyce tries to convince the police that the colonel deceived him; for instance, by ordering him at one point to stand by the window and mop his brow, as a signal to a supposed associate outside. As he demonstrates this to the officers, a sealed bank package of £500 (which Gore Hepburn had slipped into his pocket earlier) falls out.
Once more the police are sceptical of his innocence. Gore Hepburn tells the police that Hepburn and another man used a tape recorder to disguise their voices and make it seem like Fordyce’s family was kidnapped, and that Fordyce is innocent.
Fordyce is finally seen as innocent and the police let him go. Knowing his wife and son are safe, he has changed his opinion of his co-workers for helping him. He goes to the police station with them to talk to his wife and to Hepburn for deceiving him.
With a half-smile on his face, he tells Pearson to manage the bank in his absence, assuring him he will be back in a few hours and join them at the staff Christmas party.
- Directed by Quentin Lawrence
- Screenplay by David T. Chantler and Lewis Greifer
- Based on The Gold Inside (1960 teleplay) by Jacques Gillies
- Cinematography : Arthur Grant
- Edited by Eric Boyd-Perkins
- Music by Wilfred Josephs
- Production Company : Hammer Film Productions
- Distributed by British Lion Films
- Release Dates : 20 December 1961
- Peter Cushing as Harry Fordyce
- André Morell as Colonel Gore Hepburn (as Andre Morell)
- Richard Vernon as Pearson
- Norman Bird as Arthur Sanderson
- Kevin Stoney as Detective Inspector Bill Mason
- Barry Lowe as Peter Harvill
- Edith Sharpe as Miss Pringle
- Lois Daine as Sally
- Alan Haywood as Kane
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