During her convalescence, Judith becomes the object of affection for Dr. Craig Mitchell (Lloyd Hughes)—who’s so smitten with his patient he even offers her a job in his office (I would think HR would have a few things to say about that). Judy keeps Craig at arms’ length because she’s still carrying a torch for Toby…who has problems of his own, particularly when he croaks Smiles’ brother Louie (Anthony Orlando) in the process of collecting $10,000 from a client. (Contrary to his colorful nickname, Smiles is not pleased about the death of his brother.)
which has seen a DVD release from Alpha Video this month—is an entertaining if not particularly remarkable little programmer. A 1932 novel by Rob Eden, Second Choice, was adapted by Sherman L. Lowe (a journeyman scribe whose screenplays include Burn ‘Em Up Barnes  and Crimson Romance ) and directed/produced by Clifford Sanforth (Murder by Television ).
The (always reliable) IMDb notes that Payment has a running time of 61 minutes but I clocked the Alpha version at 54. I didn’t notice any interruptions in continuity, however. The movie doesn’t set any lofty goals other than to amuse the viewer for that short amount of time but it boasts an impressive cast despite its independent origins. Betty Burgess gets top billing as the lovely but prone-to-bad-judgment Judith; Burgess had made a splash in the 1935 musical Coronado but only appeared in three additional features (Payment was her penultimate) before retiring from the motion picture industry. There was a bit o’gossip about her romance with co-star Matty Kemp (not to be confused with the Atlanta Braves fielder) that the two of them were really manacled together IRL, as the kids call it nowadays. Kemp plays the wide-eyed innocent in Payment well, but when he’s required to become a bad guy in the second half he falls woefully short.
The Story of Temple Drake [1933[) and a slew of B-pictures. Guinn “Big Boy” Williams provides a little comic relief as a hood named “Happy” (there’s a running gag where any loud noise causes Hap to draw his weapon as a force of habit) but he’s hampered a bit by the lack of material. You’ve also got Lloyd Hughes (who appeared in such silents as The Sea Hawk  and The Lost World ) and Sheila Terry (known for appearing in early John Wayne oaters) on hand—I Demand Payment would be Terry’s cinematic swan song; she would later become a press agent before committing suicide in 1957 at the young age of 46. (Sorry I had to end this one on a bummer. As always, many thanks to Alpha’s Brian Krey for proving TDOY with the screener.)