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Blood Alley (1955)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 1 October 1955 (USA)
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His ship seized by the Chinese Communists, American Merchant Captain Tom Wilder languishes in prison but Chinese villagers help him escape to sail them to Hong-Kong.

Directors:

William A. Wellman, John Wayne (uncredited)

Writers:

Albert Sidney Fleischman (screenplay) (as A.S. Fleischman), Albert Sidney Fleischman (novel) (as A.S. Fleischman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Capt. Tom Wilder
Lauren Bacall ... Cathy Grainger
Paul Fix ... Mr. Tso
Joy Kim ... Susu
Berry Kroeger ... Old Feng (as Berry Kroger)
Mike Mazurki ... Big Han
Anita Ekberg ... Wei Ling
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Storyline

A merchant marine captain, rescued from the Chinese Communists by local villagers, is "shanghaied" into transporting the whole village to Hong Kong on an ancient paddle steamer. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Adventure on the danger waters of the Orient! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William A. Wellman's Blood Alley See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

There was some surprise when Lauren Bacall agreed to make the movie since she was a left-wing Democrat and the film was considered to be "right-wing Cold War propaganda". See more »

Goofs

When Wilder says "Half the Red navy's out there ...", the position of the wheel and the placement of his hands on it changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Tom Wilder: [spoken through voice tube to engine room] If you want a last look at home, you'd better take it now.
Tack: [heavy with sorrow] I looked.
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Crazy Credits

The title is shown in Chinese characters, which dissolve into English. See more »

Connections

Edited into La classe américaine (1993) See more »

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Worth a look if you are a fan of Wayne or Bacall
26 April 2006 | by jem132See all my reviews

This is one of Wayne's non-westerns, and Lauren Bacall in a different role to what we are accustomed to. 'Blood Alley' never reaches anything approaching greatness, but if you're a fan of Wayne or Bacall you may as well check it out.

Right-wing Wayne plays Captain Wilder in this decidedly right-wing film. It seems to be an excuse for the film-makers to express their anti-communist sentiments, with the Chinese being portrayed as a backwards race in quite a few scenes. Add to that the countless American actors playing Chinese characters, and you have a very pretentious product overall. Anita Ekberg even plays a Chinese, evoking more than a few giggles from this viewer.

The Wayne-Bacall teaming never entirely pays off, despite their best efforts.

5/10.


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