The Longest Night is a 1972 made-for-TV movie written by Merwin Gerard and directed by Jack Smight. The plot concerns the kidnapping of Karen Chambers (Sallie Shockley), daughter of wealthy Alan Chambers - played by David Janssen. The kidnapper (James Farentino) 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. In the end, she is returned to her family. This movie was originally shown as an ABC Movie of the Week on September 12, 1972.