The Long Memory

The Long Memory

Robert Hamer (1952)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Robert Hamer will always be remembered as the director of the classic Ealing comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets, but he also had an excellent eye for local detail. Here he cleverly captures the murky side of life in London's marshlands, but he's beaten from the start by the utterly predictable wrong-man story. This is really a quota-quickie plot with a bit of money thrown at it. John Mills is badly miscast as an old lag desperate to discover who framed him for murder, while detective John McCallum is clueless in every sense.


A man is released from prison after serving a 12-year sentence for a crime he did not commit, and immediately sets about tracking down three witnesses who lied in court, bringing about his conviction. However, while seeking revenge, he discovers the case is more complicated than expected. Thriller, starring John Mills, Elizabeth Sellars, John McCallum and Geoffrey Keen.

Cast & Crew

Davidson John Mills
Fay Lowther Elizabeth Sellars
Det Insp Lowther John McCallum
Craig Geoffrey Keen
Ilse Eva Bergh
Jackson Michael Martin-Harvey
Boyd John Chandos
Mrs Pewsley Thora Hird
Director Robert Hamer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: DVD