|The Long Wait|
|Directed by||Victor Saville|
|Based on||The Long Wait|
by Mickey Spillane
|Produced by||Lesser Samuels|
|Edited by||Ronald Sinclair|
|Music by||Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Box office||$1.5 million |
The Long Wait is a 1954 American crime drama film noir directed by Victor Saville starring Anthony Quinn, Charles Coburn, Gene Evans and Peggie Castle. The film is based on the 1951 novel of the same title by Mickey Spillane. It was an independent production distributed by United Artists.
Johnny McBride is badly hurt while hitch hiking and loses his memory when the car he is riding in crashes; he also has his fingerprints burned off. 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.
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." 
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