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directed by Ken Hughes
UK 1957

 

Harry Miller (Victor Mature) is an Ex-GI living in a tiny, rundown flat in Liverpool with his English bride and young son. Harry feels trapped in his life there: the best job he can get is driving a truck for his wife’s uncle, and his desire to return to the States is a constant source of friction between the couple. When he lends a hand to the gorgeous, petulant girlfriend of big-time racketeer Joe Easy (Patrick Allen), Harry finds himself tempted by more than just the lovely Lynn (Diana Dors). Similar in theme to They Drive by Night and the great Thieves’ Highway, this little known noir gem has more twists and turns than the English countryside; written and directed by Ken Hughes (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Casino Royale) who specialized in British suspense stories (or Brit Noir) before resettling in Hollywood.

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Theatrical Release: 27 August 1957 (UK)

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DVD Review: Sony Pictures (Screen Classics by Request) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Sony Pictures

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:28:06
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.32 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailer (2:27)

DVD Release Date: September 21st, 2010
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Chapters 9

 

Comments

Columbia Pictures made some fine thrillers in United Kingdom in the 1950's with Hollywood stars at the helm - Faith Domergue in Spin a Dark Web, Arlene Dahl in She Played with Fire and, here, Victor Mature in The Long Haul. To add some spice, the film co-stars a great femme fetale of British 1950's cinema - Diana Dors (for example, Yield to the Night and Tread Softly Stranger.

Per usual high standards of Sony Pictures made-on-demand releases, the newly remastered progressive transfer is excellent quality. There is no damage on the print, very good contrast and grain doesn't overpower the transfer. English mono soundtrack is load and clear and there is a trailer available as an extra. An excellent effort by Sony Pictures and very enjoyable ride!

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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