The Long Wait is a 1954 film based on a novel by mystery writer Mickey Spillane.
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. Johnny tries to clear his name of the presumed murder charges. Thugs working for the local mob boss try to end his meddling.
Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style by Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward notes: "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."