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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.

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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 »

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Action | Adventure

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1 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

William A. Wellman's Blood Alley  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)| (WarnerPhonic/RCA) (magnetic prints)

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Trivia

John Wayne appeared in an episode of I Love Lucy (1951) to promote this film. In a scene when Lucy is hiding in Wayne's trailer on set, a worker brings in the large poster for "Blood Alley" for his approval just before he is about to receive a massage. As Lucy tries to sneak away, he hears her and makes her give the massage without ever seeing her. See more »

Goofs

When Big Han and Captain Wilder are talking on the sampan, two men are throwing their knives at a crudely-drawn face on a wooden post near them. The post is shown in close-up when the knives are thrown and stick into it, and then from farther away when they are pulled out. In the farther away shots when the knives are pulled out, a solid tall thin shadow, likely of another post, covers much of the target post, but it is not there in the close-ups. 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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The title is shown in Chinese characters, which dissolve into English. See more »

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Referenced in I Love Lucy: Lucy and John Wayne (1955) See more »

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On a Slow Boat to Hong Kong
1 May 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

John Wayne has to transport Lauren Bacall and a lot of Chinese villagers down river to Hong Kong with the Commies in 'red' hot pursuit. OK but not one of Duke's best. The biggest problem is that Duke plays a quirky sort of character who talks to an imaginary friend called Baby. It's a rather annoying expository device. Maybe a different actor could have made it work but Duke just doesn't fit the kind of guy who talks to himself. Anyway, it's still an enjoyable movie. Bacall is pretty and fine in her role, though the part isn't the greatest. Paul Fix is good although his playing a Chinese character is sure to cause easily offended types to blow steam out of their ears. So if you're one of those, you might want to skip this one for the sake of your blood pressure. John Wayne fans will like it most, even if it's not one of his stronger roles.


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