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The Long Wait (1954)

An amnesiac finally learns his true identity...as a murder suspect. And he doesn't even know whether he is guilty...

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Victor Saville
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Quinn ... Johnny McBride
Charles Coburn ... Gardiner
Gene Evans ... Servo
Peggie Castle ... Venus
Mary Ellen Kay ... Wendy Miller
Shirley Patterson ... Carol Shay (as Shawn Smith)
Dolores Donlon ... Troy Avalon
Barry Kelley ... Tucker
James Millican ... Police Capt. Lindsey
Bruno VeSota ... Eddie Packman
Jay Adler ... Joe--Bellhop
John Damler ... Alan Logan
Frank Marlowe ... Pop Henderson
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Storyline

Hitchhiker Johnny McBride is badly hurt and loses his memory when the car he is riding in crashes. Two years later, a clue leads him to his old home town, where he finds he is a murder suspect. Johnny tries to discover the truth about the murder, while pursued by gangsters and several seductive women. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Three Thrill-Hungry Dames Played Me For A Sucker ... - Now it's my turn !

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nettoyage par le vide See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Parklane Pictures Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Troy: [(with door on latch)] I'll bet your name is Johnny McBride.
Johnny: You win.
Troy: [opening door] So do you.
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Soundtracks

ONCE
Written by Harold Spina and Bob Russell
Sung by Dolores Donlon, Anthony Quinn, voice on record
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Next to "The Falcon," my film noir favorite.
11 September 1999 | by DianaGalSee all my reviews

One professional reviewer calls this film "meandering, actionless." I'd call it complex and psychological, with well-developed characters and some memorable dialog. It is quintessential film noir with a torrid romance thrown in. You have to suspend your disbelief to buy it, but you'll gladly toss it away and revel in the intensity of it's emotions and unexpected plot twists. It's not just a battle of wits with dangerous adversaries, it's a hero's quest for truth and a search for lost love. You're kept guessing as to the finish right until the end -- more importantly, you care how it ends. I saw it at least a half dozen times back in the 1950s and 60s. I'd like to see it again and discover if it's as good as I remember it -- or whether I was just a hormone-charged teenager with a crush on Anthony Quinn. ;-)


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