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The Long Memory (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 4 April 1953 (Sweden)
Released from prison after twelve years, a wrongfully convicted British man seeks revenge on the witnesses who lied at his trial.


Robert Hamer


Howard Clewes (novel), Robert Hamer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Phillip Davidson
John McCallum ... Supt. Bob Lowther
Elizabeth Sellars ... Fay Lowther
Eva Bergh Eva Bergh ... Ilse
Geoffrey Keen ... Craig
Michael Martin Harvey Michael Martin Harvey ... Jackson (as Michael Martin-Harvey)
John Chandos John Chandos ... Boyd
John Slater ... Pewsey
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Pewsey
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Alice Gedge
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Boyd's Chauffeur
Mary Mackenzie Mary Mackenzie ... Gladys
John Glyn-Jones John Glyn-Jones ... Gedge
John Horsley ... Bletchley
Fred Johnson ... Driver


A man seeks revenge but will he destroy himself in the process? After a long jail term for a crime he did not commit, a man is torn between revenge (which will probably destroy him) or making a new life for himself. Written by Neil-117

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Many of the houses shown in this movie were demolished soon afterwards. See more »


After Craig is pushed face first into a muddy hold by Davidson he is next seen with a dirty overcoat but his face and hair are completely spotless. See more »


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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Excellent British film noir.
7 March 2007 | by ronevickersSee all my reviews

This is an excellent British film, which has managed to pass the test of time, and still stands today as an absorbing & well executed piece of work. The story line is strong, and the locations are particularly memorable, especially the bleak & foreboding Kent coastline which adds significantly to the brooding atmosphere. The performances are uniformly excellent, with the sole exception of Elizabeth Sellars who barely changes expression throughout. John Mills gives one of his most intense performances in the lead role, and demonstrates once again what an extremely fine actor he always was. The direction & editing are first class, and the film never falters in holding the attention. For fans of the genre, this is not to be missed.

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Release Date:

4 April 1953 (Sweden) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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