Peter Cushing

CASH ON DEMAND (1961)

Cash on Demand

Christmas crime review week comes to an end with 1961’s Cash on Demand. This British thriller was produced by Hammer Films on the cheap, right when they were branching out in avenues beside horror to breathe new life into the company. The film stars Peter Cushing and prolific Doctor Who alumni Kevin Stoney. It’s a tightly wound little bank heist film set on Dec. 23, when banks are stuffed with cash ripe for folks making holiday withdrawals. Despite dragging in some parts, particularly the middle, overall it’s a charming little caper that cleverly reimagines A Christmas Carol.

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