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Release Date:
4 April 1953 (Sweden) See more »
To kiss . . . or to kill? See more »
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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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)
Location Management
Bill Kirby .... location manager (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)
Crew believed to be complete

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96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2008) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Film debut of Denis Shaw.See more »
Ilse:It is not justice we need. Not anything as big as that. Just the right to exist, without being hurt, without doing hurt.See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
The days are long and the nights are longer., 29 April 2011
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The Long Memory is directed by Robert Hamer who co-adapts for the screen with Frank Harvey from Howard Clewes' novel of the same name. It stars John Mills, John McCallum, Elizabeth Sellars, Eva Bergh and Geoffrey Keen. William Alwyn scores the music and Harry Waxman is the cinematographer. Plot sees Mills as Phillip Davidson, a man released from prison after serving 12 years for a murder he didn't commit. Finding a base home on a dilapidated barge in a boggy Thames inlet, Davidson sets about finding the liars who were responsible for his incarceration.

Moody and often downbeat, The Long Memory is a well directed and acted British crime thriller. Met with much negativity from the critics upon its release, it's a film that has since been re-evaluated and garnered better critical praise. Seen as a forerunner to Get Carter, it's also been mentioned in the same breath as They Made Me a Fugitive and Carol Reed's excellent Odd Man Out. However, a decent film it is for sure, but it's not in the same class as the three film's mentioned. The focus of the novel was the cop Bob Lowther (played by McCallum), but here it's rightly shifted to Davidson and his pursuit of those that wronged him. A good move that, even if the big culmination of the movie is a touch too contrived and not the moody high point it could have been.

John Mills was already established as an actor of note due to his fine work in the 40's, so this off the cuff film was, in his own words, merely a "job" for him, a means to pay some bills, and at first glance it looks an odd casting decision. John Mills as a vengeful ex convict stalking the dank London and Gravesend streets in search of revenge-hanging around in a run down coffee shop-living in a slum boat, doesn't sound right. Yet he cuts a surprisingly rugged figure, with stubbled chin and greasy kiss curl hair, he slots in nicely to the grungy backdrop painted by Hamer and Waxman. It's only really these two elements that make the film worth seeking out by fans of noirish British crime movies. There's the constant thought nagging away while watching it that it's a missed opportunity, a chance wasted to make a really bleak and potent thriller. What remains is decent in tone and narrative, if ultimately it's a watch once only movie. 7/10

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