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The Long Haul (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | December 1957 (USA)
After leaving his U.S. Army job in Germany, a trucker takes a long-haul driver job in Britain where he runs into an organized-crime syndicate that controls the trucking industry.

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writers:

Ken Hughes (screenplay), Mervyn Mills (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Harry Miller
Diana Dors ... Lynn
Patrick Allen ... Joe Easy
Gene Anderson Gene Anderson ... Connie Miller
Peter Reynolds ... Frank
Liam Redmond ... Casey
John Welsh ... Doctor
Meier Tzelniker Meier Tzelniker ... Nat Fine
Michael Wade Michael Wade ... Butch Miller
Dervis Ward Dervis Ward ... Mutt
Murray Kash Murray Kash ... Jeff
John Harvey John Harvey ... Supt. Macrea
Roland Brand Roland Brand ... Army Sergeant
Stanley Rose Stanley Rose ... Foreman
Raymond Barry Raymond Barry ... Depot Manager
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Storyline

Desperate to earn money, Harry hooks back up with Joe Easy. The best scene is when they make the final run to cash out a load of furs and they get lost on the way through the forest. The three drive the truck over the mountain to connect with the waiting ship in the harbor. The rocky terrain is a tense journey, until they try to cross the steam. Then it gets really good when they get stuck and have to remove a front tire in the middle of the stream. Harry's arm gets caught under the truck fender, they get loose but can't get up the embankment. There's an OK fist fight and then the trucks load slide off and crushes Joe Easy. That gets Harry & Lynn to the waiting ship. Harry then has guilty remorse and returns with Lynn to the wife and hospitalized son. They reconcile and the Police arrest harry for all his crimes.Lynn heads back to her dead end life at "The Congo Club" Written by J. Harry

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Taglines:

SILK, FLESH AND DYNAMITE! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Fahrt in den Abgrund See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The truck mainly used in this film is a 1955 Leyland Octopus. When first seen at the U.S. Army base in Germany, Harry is driving a Rio M35. See more »

Goofs

When Joe Easy drives off with Frank about fifty minutes into the film, a reflection of a studio light on scaffolding is visible in the right rear window of Easy's car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Army Sergeant: Hiya Harry, what kept you?
Harry Miller: Are you kidding? You know what you can do with this weather.
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He asked for a job...and they gave him the business!
30 August 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Harry (Victor Mature) and Connie have a horrible marriage. You don't realize to what extent when the film begins...but there are definite signs they are having trouble when she refuses to move to the States when Harry's hitch in the service is over...and they HAD agreed on this move. Harry gives in and later his resentment comes out...in the form of a sexy receptionist, Lynn (Diana Dors). However, there is much more to the story...in fact, the main thrust of the film is Harry's job with a trucking company in the UK. It's run by a real creep, Joe Easy (Patrick Allen) and the guy isn't above faking hijackings of his trucks (so he can sell the loads), slapping folks about and even murder!! So how does Harry fit into all this?

In many ways, this film has a very noir feel to it. However, unlike most American noir pictures, pretty much everyone in it is a jerk! Connie is a poor excuse for a wife, Harry's moral compass becomes more and more bent through the course of the film and everyone has an aura of sliminess about them. This is NOT a complaint...more an observation. If you are looking for heroes...well, you won't really find any here....just jerks and bigger and nastier jerks! My complaint isn't really this...it's the ending when, inexplicably, there is some selflessness! Still, an exciting British film...and worth seeing.


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