The Longest Night (1972 film)

The Longest Night is a 1972 American made-for-television drama film written by Merwin Gerard and directed by Jack Smight.[1] This movie was originally shown as an ABC Movie of the Week on September 12, 1972. It is based on the 1968 Barbara Mackle kidnapping by Gary Steven Krist.

The Longest Night
Written byMerwin Gerard
Directed byJack Smight
Theme music composerHal Mooney
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)William Frye
Production location(s)Thousand Oaks, California
CinematographySam Leavitt
Editor(s)Robert F. Shugrue
Running time74 minutes
Production company(s)Universal Television
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (syndication)
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 12, 1972


The plot concerns the kidnapping of Karen Chambers, daughter of wealthy Alan Chambers. The kidnapper holds her underground in a homemade coffin. He leaves her there, with a fan for air and a gallon of water, until he receives the ransom money. Her family frantically searches for her.



  1. Marill, Alvin H. Movies made for Television. 1980. Arlington House

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