The Long Wait
|The Long Wait|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Victor Saville|
|Produced by||Lesser Samuels|
|Based on||the novel|
by Mickey Spillane
|Music by||Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco|
|Edited by||Ronald Sinclair|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$1.5 million|
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.
- Anthony Quinn as Johnny McBride
- Charles Coburn as Gardiner
- Gene Evans as Servo
- Peggie Castle as Venus
- Mary Ellen Kay as Wendy Miller
- Shirley Patterson as Carol Shay (as Shawn Smith)
- Dolores Donlon as Troy Avalon
- Barry Kelley as Tucker
- James Millican as Police Capt. Lindsey
- Bruno VeSota as Eddie Packman
- Jay Adler as Joe--Bellhop
- John Damler as Alan Logan
- Frank Marlowe as Pop Henderson
The New York Times called it slow paced, boring, and likely to disappoint fans of the novel.
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."
- T., H. H. (1954-07-03). "The Long Wait (1954)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-15.
- Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward (1992). Film Noir An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style. The Overlook Press. ISBN 0-87951-479-5.