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The Long Wait (1954)

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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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Venus
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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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26 May 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nettoyage par le vide  »

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Quotes

Laurie: So when we leaving, honey?
Johnny: I'm leaving now.
[kisses her]
Johnny: I'm traveling light.
[throws her at Chuck]
Johnny: Here, Chuck, it's all yours!
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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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Terrific Noir
12 October 2004 | by (Watertown, Massachusetts) – See all my reviews

A well directed, well photographed little known gem of a film.

Great role for Quinn who would have made a great Mike Hammer. His primitive face and huge hands seem prepared for instant violence.

In spite of being a low budget film, the directing, acting and photography seems superior than that better known B classic 'Detour'. Gene Evans and Charles Coburn always took their character roles seriously and seemed incapable of bad performances. The lovely ballad that plays over the credits 'Once' is appropriately used throughout the movie and deserves to be a standard.

The scene where a bound-up Peggie Castle crawls to a bound-up Quinn (to get her hands on his hidden pistol under pretense of a final kiss) would have made a great paperback cover for a Spillane Novel.


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