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Live Now - Pay Later (1962)

Albert is a cheerful, unscrupulous "tally-man", a door-to-door salesman who cons housewives into buying things they don't need on the installment plan. He's happy - until he begins to fall in love.


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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hendry ... Albert Argyle
June Ritchie ... Treasure
John Gregson ... Callendar
Liz Fraser ... Joyce Corby
Geoffrey Keen ... Reggie Corby
Jeanette Sterke ... Grace
Peter Butterworth ... Fred
Nyree Dawn Porter ... Marjorie Mason
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Cedric Mason
Harold Berens Harold Berens ... Solly Cowell
Thelma Ruby Thelma Ruby ... Hetty
Monte Landis Monte Landis ... Arnold (as Monty Landis)
Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan ... Jackson
Malcolm Knight Malcolm Knight ... Ratty
Bridget Armstrong ... Gloria


Albert is a cheerful, unscrupulous "tally-man", a door-to-door salesman who cons housewives into buying things they don't need on the installment plan. He's happy - until he begins to fall in love.

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25 October 1962 (UK) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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First full length cinema film of Peter Bowles. See more »


About half way through the film, Ian Hendry gets into his van in a light suit. In the next scene when he gets out of it, he is in a dark suit. See more »


Live Now - Pay Later
Written by Ruth Batchelor and Clive Westlake
Arranged by Harry Robertson (uncredited)
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"You've got a nasty streak of honesty"
30 August 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ian Hendry is a tallyman. That's the fellow who sells you something on credit, with nothing down and just a little to pay each week. He's very good at his job, charming and energetic, with all the tricks at what is nowadays called upselling, with a sideline in seduction. The problem is that things are beginning to fall apart for him. June Ritchie, the girlfriend, whom he moved out on months ago, has just given birth to their daughter, and he knows he wants her and them, but he can't turn off the sales pitch.

Ian Hendry gives a great performance as the profligate salesman, who finds that you can buy anything you want, but if you don't make the payments, they can repossess, well, everything: the goods, your happiness, your life, even your immortal soul. What starts out as a comedy seamlessly turns into tragedy without Hendry noticing, and a savage satire of materialism and the credit philosophy. More than half a century later, it still stings.

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