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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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First recorded screen appearance for Christopher Beeny. See more »


Though the latter action is set 12 years after the initial scenes none of the characters have physically aged in that time. 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.
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An outsider film with bags of atmosphere
14 March 2009 | by wes-139See all my reviews

John Mills tracks down the real culprit of the murder he was sent to jail for in this tense British drama of exile and return. The real murderer is now a comfortable businessman, and the visual contrasts between his dubious offices in the London docks and Mills' derelict boat far out on the river estuary gives a resonance to the film it would be hard to find in a modern setting. Freed from jail but still imprisoned by the past, Mills' character spurns the touching companionship of another refugee on the Kent marshes (Eva Bergh) about whose past we know nothing, but it seems to be destiny that has brought them together. This is one of the few films that resolves a labyrinthine revenge-story without the plot becoming mechanical, and the bleak monochrome visuals are part of its emotional power.

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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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