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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.

Director:

Robert Hamer

Writers:

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

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
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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Long Memory See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Many of the houses shown in this movie were demolished soon afterwards. See more »

Goofs

When Boyd/Berry encounters Fay Driver in his office he does not recognize her, though she has not aged a jot in the 12 years since they last met. See more »

Quotes

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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Close match between film and book
30 January 2006 | by jughSee all my reviews

I have seen "The Long Memory" twice, and was sufficiently impressed (and like John Mills) that I bought the book when I found it. After seeing the film a second time I then started reading the book. To my delight (that's how I like films) it was close to the film, and I realized that much of the quality of the film, beyond its strong visual imagery of London dockside slums, damaged by the Blitz (you have to know this: there is no sign saying "house flattened by bomb"), and post- war austerity (rationing continued in Britain into the early 1950s!), is directly due to the book author Howard Clewes (about whom little is available on the internet).

Despite not LOOKING like the author described him, John Mills acts the character described by the author, as do the rest of the cast.

The post-World-War-II setting is crucial to appreciating the bleakness of the film. Life was tough then, for many British, and even more so for Displaced People -- war survivors and immigrants from Europe. Petty crime was rife. In fact things were probably tougher than during the flashback sequence to the Depression, when the young Mills character is accidentally drawn into cross-Channel smuggling of wanted criminals, and contraband.

The old "beachcomber's" singing of a traditional English folksong is a haunting addition to the film that does not appear in the book.


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