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The Long Memory
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Director:
Writers:
Howard Clewes (novel)
Robert Hamer (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
4 April 1953 (Sweden) See more »
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To kiss . . . or to kill? See more »
Plot:
A man seeks revenge but will he destroy himself in the process? After a long jail term for a crime he did not commit... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Close match between film and book See more (19 total) »

Cast

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John Mills ... Phillip Davidson

John McCallum ... Supt. Bob Lowther

Elizabeth Sellars ... Fay Lowther
Eva Bergh ... Ilse
Geoffrey Keen ... Craig
Michael Martin Harvey ... Jackson (as Michael Martin-Harvey)
John Chandos ... Boyd
John Slater ... Pewsey
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Pewsey
Vida Hope ... Alice Gedge
Harold Lang ... Boyd's Chauffeur
Mary Mackenzie ... Gladys
John Glyn-Jones ... Gedge
John Horsley ... Bletchley
Fred Johnson ... Driver
Laurence Naismith ... Hasbury
Peter Jones ... Fisher
Christopher Beeny ... Mickie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernest Clark ... Prosecuting Counsel (uncredited)
Henry Edwards ... Judge (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... Policeman (uncredited)
Denis Shaw ... Shaw (uncredited)
Julian Somers ... Delaney (uncredited)
Russell Waters ... Scotson (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Hamer 
 
Writing credits
Howard Clewes (novel)

Robert Hamer (screenplay) and
Frank Harvey (screenplay)

Produced by
Earl St. John .... executive producer
Hugh Stewart .... producer
 
Original Music by
William Alwyn 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Waxman (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gordon Hales 
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky  (as Vetchinsky)
 
Costume Design by
Joan Ellacott 
 
Makeup Department
George Blackler .... makeup artist
Biddy Chrystal .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Denis Holt .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Asher .... assistant director
David W. Orton .... assistant director (as David Orton)
Christopher Sutton .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Jim Able .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Bert Gaiters .... property master (uncredited)
Brian Herbert .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Arthur Taksen .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
Winston Ryder .... sound editor
C.C. Stevens .... sound recordist
Bill Daniels .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Basil Fenton-Smith .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Salter .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
George Willows .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Bill Warrington .... special effects (as W.Warrington)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Bawden .... camera operator
John Alcott .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Jack Atcheler .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ian Jeayes .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe supervisor: women (uncredited)
Bob Rayner .... wardrobe supervisor: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Derek Armstrong .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Anthony Harvey .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
 
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller: Pinewood Studios
Barbara Cole .... continuity
Teresa Bolland .... production secretary (uncredited)
Ray Cunnington .... floor publicist (uncredited)
Ken Green .... publicist (uncredited)
Bill Kirby .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
96 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The first film of Denis Shaw.See more »
Quotes:
Fay Lowther:You don't remember me.
Boyd:I'm afraid not. Should I?
Fay Lowther:I think you should. After all, I was present on the occasion of your death.
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Close match between film and book, 30 January 2006
Author: jugh from Australia, Melbourne

I have seen "The Long Memory" twice, and was sufficiently impressed (and like John Mills) that I bought the book when I found it. After seeing the film a second time I then started reading the book. To my delight (that's how I like films) it was close to the film, and I realized that much of the quality of the film, beyond its strong visual imagery of London dockside slums, damaged by the Blitz (you have to know this: there is no sign saying "house flattened by bomb"), and post- war austerity (rationing continued in Britain into the early 1950s!), is directly due to the book author Howard Clewes (about whom little is available on the internet).

Despite not LOOKING like the author described him, John Mills acts the character described by the author, as do the rest of the cast.

The post-World-War-II setting is crucial to appreciating the bleakness of the film. Life was tough then, for many British, and even more so for Displaced People -- war survivors and immigrants from Europe. Petty crime was rife. In fact things were probably tougher than during the flashback sequence to the Depression, when the young Mills character is accidentally drawn into cross-Channel smuggling of wanted criminals, and contraband.

The old "beachcomber's" singing of a traditional English folksong is a haunting addition to the film that does not appear in the book.

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