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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 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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Meineid See more »

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Sound Mix:

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 »

Quotes

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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A Little Gem from the early 50's
3 November 2006 | by roger-simmons1942See all my reviews

When I first saw this film about 5 yrs ago I was excited because I was unaware of the film and I read a preview in the TV listings that said some was filmed in Gravesend,my home town. The location filming was excellent but certain things grated on me like the tea shop in the middle of nowhere on the marshes down river from Gravesend where any passing trade could not have supported a business also the detective in regulation raincoat and hat who followed John Mills into the tea shop.I have now watched the film again today and enjoyed it much more and would say it is a little gem of the time and genre. I am still thrilled by the location scenes in Gravesend,not quite Carol Reed's Third Man but very atmospheric, the street near the river is much changed today but the small church like structure clearly seen in background shots was a seaman's mission and is still there today also in one shot you can see the spire of St Georges,Gravesend's parish church which is where Princess Pocohontas is buried.I feel John Mills really conveys the feeling of a man with a 12 year grudge and the scenes with Ilse where the grudge melts are beautifully portrayed.In his autobiography John Mills describes the film as "an extremely good thriller" but infers that director Bob Hamer had a drink problem and describes him as twice while filming night shots he fell into the Thames while walking backwards looking through a viewfinder!


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