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The Long Haul (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | December 1957 (USA)
After leaving his U.S. Army job in Germany, a trucker takes a long-haul driver job in Britain where he runs into an organized-crime syndicate that controls the trucking industry.

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writers:

Ken Hughes (screenplay), Mervyn Mills (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Harry Miller
Diana Dors ... Lynn
Patrick Allen ... Joe Easy
Gene Anderson Gene Anderson ... Connie Miller
Peter Reynolds ... Frank
Liam Redmond ... Casey
John Welsh ... Doctor
Meier Tzelniker Meier Tzelniker ... Nat Fine
Michael Wade Michael Wade ... Butch Miller
Dervis Ward Dervis Ward ... Mutt
Murray Kash Murray Kash ... Jeff
John Harvey John Harvey ... Supt. Macrea
Roland Brand Roland Brand ... Army Sergeant
Stanley Rose Stanley Rose ... Foreman
Raymond Barry Raymond Barry ... Depot Manager
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Storyline

Desperate to earn money, Harry hooks back up with Joe Easy. The best scene is when they make the final run to cash out a load of furs and they get lost on the way through the forest. The three drive the truck over the mountain to connect with the waiting ship in the harbor. The rocky terrain is a tense journey, until they try to cross the steam. Then it gets really good when they get stuck and have to remove a front tire in the middle of the stream. Harry's arm gets caught under the truck fender, they get loose but can't get up the embankment. There's an OK fist fight and then the truck's load slides off and crushes Joe Easy. That gets Harry and Lynn to the waiting ship. Harry then has guilty remorse and returns with Lynn to the wife and hospitalized son. They reconcile and the Police arrest Harry for all his crimes. Lynn heads back to her dead end life at "The Congo Club." Written by J. Harry

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SILK, FLESH AND DYNAMITE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Fahrt in den Abgrund See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando and Robert Mitchum were considered for the role of Harry Miller. Raymond Burr was also considered for an unspecified role. See more »

Goofs

When Joe Easy drives off with Frank about fifty minutes into the film, a reflection of a studio light on scaffolding is visible in the right rear window of Easy's car. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Army Sergeant: Hiya Harry, what kept you?
Harry Miller: Are you kidding? You know what you can do with this weather.
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Mature and the Dors in noir melo

"The long haul" is another Ken Hughes movie who directed interesting B crime movies like "Joe Macbeth" and " Wicked as they come" (with the magnificent Arlene Dahl). American Victor Mature wishes to go back home in US, but stays a few months in Scotland to please his wife (so funny to see Mature in a duffle coat). Mature becomes involved in nasty business as a truckdriver getting deeper and deeper in problems, when he meets the angelic Diana Dors, struggling against Nigel Patrick who excells at being nasty. All that part makes me think of "Thieves' Highway". And the last part with the run in a Leyland truck is impressive , it reminds me of "Wages of fear" by Clouzot. Though Ken Hughes is less more talentuous than Dassin and Clouzot, and there are a few ridiculous dialogues.


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