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."