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VICTOR MATURE AND DIANA DORS TRUCKING IN 'THE LONG HAUL'

Title: THE LONG HAUL Year: 1957 Rating: ***1/2

What begins as a kind of lightweight HELL DRIVERS with token yankee Victor Mature joining a breakneck trucking company, having to drive as quickly and dangerously as possible, turns into an ON THE WATERFRONT of rural British hauling... 

Where a time-worn yet leathery-tough Mature... sprung from Army life and stuck in Liverpool with a wife who wants to stay put (plus a young son)... screws up company mob boss Patrick Allen's caper of robbing his own business... 

Thus making both the verbal and physical altercations between Mature and Allen... equally square-jawed, stubborn and no-nonsense... fairly entertaining Noir... 

But it's full-lipped Diana Dors as this film's femme fatale and vulnerable moll hybrid who makes Mature snap to life, remaining intense and narrowed even when he agrees to help the villain (her abusive lover) in a British crime/heist flick that cruises along at an intentionally slowburn pace. It's just hard figuring out what exactly the good guy and bad guy are after.. except for time spent with Dors, which is a given. 

Patrick Allen and Victor Mature in THE LONG HAUL
Diana Dors and Victor Mature in THE LONG HAUL
Diana Dors and Victor Mature in THE LONG HAUL
Liam Redmond and Victor Mature in THE LONG HAUL
Diana Dors with Patrick Allen and Peter Reynolds in THE LONG HAUL
Gene Anderson in THE LONG HAUL
Diana Dors in THE LONG HAUL

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