(Simon Bermuda @ Jul 7 2004, 12:07 PM)
Just wondered if anyone else here is familiar with LIVE NOW, PAY LATER (1962), an obscure and neglected B&W gem that few people seem to have heard of. Written by Jack Trevor Story, it beautifully captures that never-had-it-so-good era when hire-purchase brought the latest mod cons within reach of the masses.
Ian Hendry gives a terrific performance as fast-talking door-to-door salesman Albert Argyle, who tours housing estates flogging dodgy merchandise to gullible housewives, some of whom prefer to pay off their instalments in the bedroom. There are also great turns from John Gregson as Albert's sleazy boss, not to mention Liz Carry On
Fraser, Geoffrey Keen, Peter Butterworth, Nyree Dawn Porter and a young Peter Bowles, plus a risque (for the time) bath scene with June Ritchie of A Kind Of Loving
I have a treasured VHS copy of an old Beta recording from Channel 4, shown at least a dozen years ago. To the best of my knowledge, the film hasn't been shown again since. Still waiting for it to turn up in the schedules so I can get a better-quality copy. Ideally, though, this seemingly forgotten minor classic should be brought out on DVD.
There's a great Jack Trevor Story website with more info and stills. For anyone who's interested, see: Live Now, Pay Later