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

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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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Parklane Pictures Inc. See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Johnny: Nobody knows where I come from, not even me.
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ONCE
Written by Harold Spina and Bob Russell
Sung by Dolores Donlon, Anthony Quinn, voice on record
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A poor man's "Mirage"
13 June 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

If you liked Mirage, rent The Long Wait. It came ten years earlier, but it feels like a poor man's Mirage. Anthony Quinn stars in the film adaptation of Mickey Spillane's novel. He survives a terrible car accident, with amnesia and burned hands as his souvenirs. He has no memory of his past, but when he finds out he's wanted for murder, he has to work quickly to prove his innocence.

This is actually a pretty entertaining flick, with plenty of eye candy and good acting from Tony. The only detriments were the leading ladies in the film. They looked so much alike, I kept getting them confused, and their collective talent was maybe one tenth that of a normal actress. The only way I was able to excuse it was to believe they were all cast as favors to producers, and in the story, they all were supposed to look similar. Tony is trying to find a girl from his past, and he-and the audience-can't tell if she's Peggie Castle, Shirley Patterson, Dolores Donlon, or Mary Ellen Kay. I didn't really like being confused, but that was the point.

Charles Coburn adds a bit of class to the movie and somewhat makes up for the lousy acting of the four women. Really, though, it's Tony's show. Without him, it would be a terrible B-picture with low energy and bad pacing. Tony's incapable of giving a low energy performance, and he adds a fantastic spice to the tension-filled scenes with the ladies. And if you're wondering how many of the girls he romances, the answer is all of them. Want to rent it now?


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