The Longest Night (1972 film)

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The Longest Night
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Genre Drama
Written by Merwin Gerard
Directed by Jack Smight
Theme music composer Hal Mooney
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) William Frye
Production location(s) Thousand Oaks, California
Cinematography Sam Leavitt
Editor(s) Robert F. Shugrue
Running time 74 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Television
Distributor ABC
NBCUniversal Television Distribution (syndication)
Original network ABC
Original release September 12, 1972

The Longest Night is a 1972 American made-for-television drama film written by Merwin Gerard and directed by Jack Smight.[1] This movie was originally shown as an ABC Movie of the Week on September 12, 1972. It is based on the 1968 Barbara Mackle kidnapping by Gary Steven Krist.


The plot concerns the kidnapping of Karen Chambers, daughter of wealthy Alan Chambers. The kidnapper holds her underground in a homemade coffin. He leaves her there, with a fan for air and a gallon of water, until he receives the ransom money. Her family frantically searches for her.



  1. ^ Marill, Alvin H. Movies made for Television. 1980. Arlington House

External links

  • The Longest Night on IMDb

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