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Writers:
Ken Hughes (screenplay)
Mervyn Mills (novel)
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Release Date:
December 1957 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
SILK, FLESH AND DYNAMITE! (original print ad - all caps)
Plot:
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Victor Mature ... Harry Miller

Diana Dors ... Lynn
Patrick Allen ... Joe Easy
Gene Anderson ... Connie Miller
Peter Reynolds ... Frank
Liam Redmond ... Casey
John Welsh ... Doctor
Meier Tzelniker ... Nat Fine
Michael Wade ... Butch Miller
Dervis Ward ... Mutt
Murray Kash ... Jeff
Ewen Solon ... Minor Role
Jameson Clark ... MacNaughton
Wensley Pithey ... Minor Role
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Van Boolen ... Driver Bill (uncredited)
Roland Brand ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
Madge Brindley ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Alfred Burke ... Drunk in Club (uncredited)
Susan Campbell ... Mabel (uncredited)
Harcourt Curacao ... Colored Driver (uncredited)
John Harvey ... Supt. Macrea (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barry Raymond ... Depot Manager (uncredited)
Stanley Rose ... Foreman (uncredited)

Norman Rossington ... Young Liverpool Driver (uncredited)
Martin Shaban ... Driver White (uncredited)
Freddie Watts ... Driver Black (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ken Hughes 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ken Hughes  screenplay
Mervyn Mills  novel

Produced by
Tom Monohan .... associate producer
Maxwell Setton .... producer
 
Original Music by
Trevor Duncan 
 
Cinematography by
Basil Emmott 
 
Film Editing by
Raymond Poulton 
 
Production Design by
Thomas N. Morahan  (as Tom Morahan)
 
Art Direction by
John Hoesli 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Carter .... makeup artist
Bobbie Smith .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Fred Gunn .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas N. Morahan .... second unit director (as Tom Morahan)
Fred Slark .... first assistant director: second unit
Ronald Spencer .... assistant director (as Ronnie Spencer)
 
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist (as A. Ambler)
Bob Jones .... sound recordist
Peter Thornton .... sound editor
 
Stunts
Tommy Yeardye .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hilton Craig .... lighting cameraman: second unit (as Hylton Craig)
Harold Haysom .... camera operator: second unit
Jack Mills .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
John Jympson .... assembly cutter
 
Music Department
Richard Taylor .... music supervisor
Reynell Wreford .... conductor
 
Other crew
R.L.M. Davidson .... second unit: unit manager
Dick Rayner .... technical assistant: Leyland Motors
Yvonne Richards .... continuity
 

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Runtime:
100 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Columbia Pictures released this film on a double feature with The Hard Man (1957) with the tag line: "The Long Haul will DELIGHT You! The Hard Man Will EXCITE You!"See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Army Sergeant:Hiya Harry, what kept you?
Harry Miller:Are you kidding? You know what you can do with this weather.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Watch out I don't drop you right back among the pigs., 12 April 2014
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

The Long Haul is directed by Ken Hughes and Hughes adapts the screenplay from the Mervyn Mills novel. It stars Victor Mature, Diana Dors, Patrick Allen, Gene Anderson and Peter Reynolds. Music is by Trevor Duncan and cinematography by Basil Emmott.

Harry Miller (Mature) is an American serviceman who after the war has relocated to Northern England to live with his British wife and their son. He hankers to get back to America but his wife is not keen, so he takes up a truck driving job and quickly learns that corruption and under the table deals are the order of the day. Refusing to bend to that way on account of his moral fibre, this puts him on a collision course with violent racketeer boss Joe Easy (Allen), more so when he steps in to help Easy's girlfriend, Lyn (Dors), during an altercation and Lyn becomes quite smitten with Harry.

Gritty and grimy Brit noir that pulses with violence, simmering sexuality and big roaring lorries! By the time of film's release, the plot device of a returning soldier finding things less than worth fighting for had been done to death, but in the case of Hughes' movie it has a relocation slant that gives it a bit of zest. This gives the pic a rock solid foundation from which to tell its tale, and in the main it delivers all the requisite requirements for the film noir buff.

Narratively it revels in film noir tropes, not content with the confused ex-soldier angle, it throws in a classic femme fatale (Dors sexually charged) and a trick up its sleeve that puts some extra oomph into the culmination of story. The look is a suitably shadowy world of wet winding roads and smoky road side diners, while the dockside scenes are so excellently filmed you can practically smell the damp and salt wafting across the working class backdrop.

Some supporting performances are, shall we say too keen, and some of the dialogue leaves a lot to be desired, but this is well worth a spin for anyone interested in British noir. Mature and Dors, both under rated actors in their day, are great value as characters desperately trying to find some solid meaning in life, while Allen has a great time playing the cigar chomping - square jawed - bastardo Joe Easy. Check it out, a better than average Brit noirer, pushing boulders and trying to move emotional mountains, indeed! 7/10

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