The Long Wait

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The Long Wait
The Long Wait.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Victor Saville
Produced by Lesser Samuels
Screenplay by
  • Alan Green
  • Lesser Samuels
Based on the novel
by Mickey Spillane
Starring
Music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Cinematography Franz Planer
Edited by Ronald Sinclair
Production
company
Parklane Pictures
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • May 26, 1954 (1954-05-26) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.5 million[1]

The Long Wait is a 1954 crime drama film noir directed by Victor Saville starring Anthony Quinn, Charles Coburn, Gene Evans and Peggie Castle.

Plot[edit]

Johnny McBride is badly hurt while hitch hiking 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. McBride tries to clear his name of the presumed murder charges. Thugs working for the local mob boss try to end his meddling.

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Reception[edit]

The New York Times called it slow paced, boring, and likely to disappoint fans of the novel.[2]

Noir analysis[edit]

Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style by Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward writes: "The inclusion of amnesia, giving the hero a sense of hopelessness compounded by the frustration of his loss of identity, instills a distinct existential bias into McBride's search. This attitude combines with a pervading sense of corruption and dehumanization to give The Long Wait a fatalistic noir ethos."[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.teako170.com/box50-59.html
  2. ^ T., H. H. (1954-07-03). "The Long Wait (1954)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-15. 
  3. ^ Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward (1992). Film Noir An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style. The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-479-5. 

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