Payment on Demand (1951) Curtis Bernhardt, Bette Davis, Barry Sullivan, Jane Cowl

Payment on Demand (1951)
The Ramseys, David and Joyce (Barry Sullivan and Bette Davis), have been married for about 21 years and have two daughters (Betty Lynn and Peggie Castle). One day, a grumpy David comes home and announces that he wants a divorce. Joyce is shocked, though she really shouldn’t be. She and her husband have widely divergent values. She’s an ambitious social-climber, and he wanted to have a practice with his partner Robert (Kent Taylor) and live on a farm. The life she has driven him into has made him miserable.

In flashback, Joyce reviews their young love and early marriage, during which she manages to steer a lucrative client her husband’s way — and away from his partner Robert. When Robert finds out, an important friendship ends. When Joyce gives birth to their second child, David informs her that they’re moving to San Francisco so he can work with his client’s new business, and he’d like to buy a farm outside the city. Joyce may be weak from childbirth, but she manages to gather enough strength to make a scene. From there, she manages to get in with the society crowd, even though her husband tells her he doesn’t like “snooty people.” And on it goes.

The couple separate; Joyce finds out David is seeing someone and uses it to get an enormous settlement with the threat that she’ll ruin the woman’s reputation. Then she goes on a cruise and learns something. Loneliness isn’t fun.

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English or Spanish (2 audio tracks) | DVDRip | AVI | XviD, 1507 Kbps | 576×432 | 23.976 fps | 1.12 GB
Audio: MP3, 128 Kbps | 2 channels | 48.0 KHz | Runtime: 01:30:07 minutes | Subtitles: Spanish (srt)
Genre: Drama

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