Live Now, Pay Later

Live Now, Pay Later is a 1962 British black-and-white film starring Ian Hendry, June Ritchie and John Gregson.[2][3] Hendry plays a smooth-talking, conniving door-to-door salesman.[4]

Live Now, Pay Later
British theatrical poster
Directed byJay Lewis
Produced byJack Hanbury
Written byJack Trevor Story
Based onnovel All on the Never Never by Jack Lindsay[1]
StarringIan Hendry
June Ritchie
John Gregson
Music byRon Grainer
CinematographyJack Hildyard
Edited byRoger Cherrill
Distributed byRegal Films International (UK)
Release date
  • 25 October 1962 (1962-10-25) (UK)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Unsavoury door-to-door salesman Albert Argyle's (Ian Hendry) technique involves bedding his female customers in an attempt to seduce them to buy on credit. As well as being unfaithful to his pregnant girlfriend (June Ritchie), the unrepentant Albert is also cheating his boss (John Gregson) out of profits, and also trying his hand at a spot of blackmail.


Critical reception

In a contemporary review, Variety considered it to have "many amusing moments, but overall it is untidy and does not develop the personalities of some of the main characters sufficiently";[5] whereas more recently, the Radio Times gave the film four out of five stars, noting "...a remarkably cynical and revealing portrait of Britain shifting from postwar austerity into rampant consumerism and the Swinging Sixties."[6]


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