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The Long Wait (1954)

 -  Crime | Film-Noir | Drama  -  26 May 1954 (USA)
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An amnesiac finally learns his true a murder suspect. And he doesn't even know whether he is guilty...


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Complete credited cast:
Gene Evans ...
Mary Ellen Kay ...
Wendy Miller
Shirley Patterson ...
Carol Shay (as Shawn Smith)
Dolores Donlon ...
Troy Avalon
Barry Kelley ...
James Millican ...
Police Capt. Lindsey
Bruno VeSota ...
Eddie Packman
Jay Adler ...
John Damler ...
Alan Logan
Frank Marlowe ...
Pop Henderson


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 <>

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama


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26 May 1954 (USA)  »

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Johnny: Nobody knows where I come from, not even me.
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Written by Harold Spina and Bob Russell
Sung by Dolores Donlon, Anthony Quinn, voice on record
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The Long Wait (1954)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

I've had about enough of amnesia stories. It's just a goofy premise and is rarely satisfying, unfortunately it pops up in noir far too often. This one doesn't do anything that original with the concept, and is riddled with plot holes and unanswered questions, but at least it's done with some panache. Thanks to an excellent cast of pulpy characters and terrific cinematography by Franz Planer, it carries the feel of classic hard-boiled noir. There is one fantastic sequence where a tied-up Peggy Castle crawls across a warehouse floor at gunpoint to lay a steamy smooch on our hero, Anthony Quinn. However, I don't care much for Spillane's brand of misogynistic maschismo. This isn't Mike Hammer, but it might as well be, with him throwing punches at every guy he meets, and every gal throwing themselves at him. So while it's probably a real treat for Spillane fans, it's not my cup of tea (or glass of bourbon).

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