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Blood Alley (1955)

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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.

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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!

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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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Trivia

In an interview Lauren Bacall said that she took the role when Robert Mitchum was to be the male lead. When John Wayne took the role after Mitchum was fired she expected to clash with him since she was a left-wing Liberal and he was a right-wing Conservative. She said that he was warm and friendly and they did not discuss politics. She later starred with him again in his last movie 'The Shootist' (1976). See more »

Goofs

When the ferry is first brought into the village for the evacuation, there are two 'eyes' on the bow. Shortly after, Big Han brings a sign, in Chinese, with the new name of the ferry, the Chiku Shan.

Later the name of the ferry is shown in English, not Chinese, on each side of the bow and the sign in Chinese appears and disappears from under the pilot house. 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 John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) See more »

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John Wayne-san should've just said no-e way
22 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sorry to say this but, this movie would have rated much higher if a different lead was cast. Don't get me wrong this movie is very watchable. With Wayne & Bacall starring, Paul Fix supporting, good writing, solid acting by leads and bit players it had it all but one thing... John Wayne is out of character. This movie as I said before would probably have been rated at between 7.5 to a 9 if Robert Mitchum had not been fired from the lead role early in the picture. Since this movie was being produced by Wayne's fledgling BATJAC Productions, he was forced into the role by Warner Bros., saying they would pull the plug on distribution if he did not star. Too bad. I can easily see Kirk Douglas sending this over the top. Just think of his performance in the movie In Harms Way and you'll get the idea. Jimmy Stewart would have been great also. Think Harvey....see what I mean! If your a Wayne fan as am I, you'll scratch your head and wonder.....hmmmmmmmmm. Later Wayne would have had the clout to say no. I'll rate this at 7 paddles on the River-boat wheel.


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