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The Longest Night

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(ABC, 9/12/1972, 90 mins). A fact-based drama about a wealthy coed who is kidnapped and imprisoned underground in a coffin with a limited life-support system while her parents and police engage in an agonizing four day search for her before she suffocates. The “inspiration” for the film: the 1968 kidnapping of Barbara Jane Mackle, an Emory College student, whose real-estate developer dad paid a half-million dollar ransom to get her back. The snatcher, Gary Steven Krist, was sent to prison for years and later became a respected Indiana doctor.

Production Company Universal Television. Director Jack Smight. Producer William Frye. Teleplay Merwin Gerard. Photography Sam Leavitt. Music Hal Mooney. Editor Robert F. Shugrue. Art Director John J. Lloyd.

Cast David Janssen (Alan Chambers), James Farentino (John Danbury), Phyllis Thaxter (Norman Chambers), Skye Aubrey (Ellen Gunther), Mike Farrell (Wills), Sallie Shockley (Karen Chambers), Joel Fabiani (Barris), Charles McGraw (Father Chase), Richard Anderson (Harvey Eaton), John Kerr (Officer Jones), Robert Cornthwaite (Frank Cavanaugh), Ross Elliott (Dr. Steven Clay).

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