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The Long Wait (1954)

An amnesiac finally learns his true identity...as a murder suspect. And he doesn't even know whether he is guilty...

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Victor Saville
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quinn ... Johnny McBride
Charles Coburn ... Gardiner
Gene Evans ... Servo
Peggie Castle ... Venus
Mary Ellen Kay ... Wendy Miller
Shirley Patterson ... Carol Shay (as Shawn Smith)
Dolores Donlon ... Troy Avalon
Barry Kelley ... Tucker
James Millican ... Police Capt. Lindsey
Bruno VeSota ... Eddie Packman
Jay Adler ... Joe--Bellhop
John Damler ... Alan Logan
Frank Marlowe ... Pop Henderson
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Storyline

Hitchhiker Johnny McBride is badly hurt and loses his memory when the car he is riding in crashes. Two years later, a clue leads him to his old home town, where he finds he is a murder suspect. Johnny tries to discover the truth about the murder, while pursued by gangsters and several seductive women. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Three Thrill-Hungry Dames Played Me For A Sucker ... - Now it's my turn !

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nettoyage par le vide See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Parklane Pictures Inc. See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Johnny: Nobody knows where I come from, not even me.
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ONCE
Written by Harold Spina and Bob Russell
Sung by Dolores Donlon, Anthony Quinn, voice on record
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The Lyncastle Lasso.
21 January 2017 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Long Wait is directed by Victor Saville and adapted to screenplay by Alan Green and Lesser Samuels from the Mickey Spillane novel. It stars Anthony Quinn, Charles Coburn, Gene Evans, Peggie Castle, Mary Ellen Kay and Shirley Patterson. Music is by Mario Castelnuovo- Tedesco and cinematography by Franz Planer.

Johnny McBride (Quinn) is a amnesiac who manages to get back to his home town of Lyncastle where he hopes to unravel who he is. But pretty soon he finds himself in a quagmire of trouble and strife...

Every once in a while I come across an instance like this, where a film noir picture's reviews back upon its release were savage, and yet today the more modern noir lover is mostly positive about the pic. In fact IMDb's rating sits currently at 7.2, which as the site's users will attest to, is pretty good going. So where we at with this Spillane revamp?

The complaints back in the day about it being dull and boring smack to me of writers back then not exactly understanding the noir ethos, though it's noted that there is the odd modern reviewer sharing the same complaint. It's a film very much erring on the side of bleak and moody, dabbling in the complexities of the human condition, and it's done very well, though the screenplay is hardly minus plot holes and is full of incredulous set-ups.

We also have to buy into Quinn being catnip to the dames, four of them no less! But Quinn does angry and broody very well, and he gets to do lots of both here. The aura of a town paddling in its own muck is evident, the amnesia angle merely an excuse to keep things on the side of murky, for it's imperative that we feel Johnny McBride's confusion and mistrust, and we do. All of which is framed superbly by Planer's (Criss Cross) photography, which never misses a chance for shadows and low lights.

With salty villains and sultry dames, violence and choice dialogue, and a few superb scenes (one sequence in an empty warehouse is stunning), this is very much a noir for noir lovers to sample. But with that in mind, these warnings should be noted, that as is often the way in noirville, the ending is divisive and the overt misogyny could well offend. 6.5/10


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