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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
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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 »
When the ferry pulls into Hong Kong, they encounter a Royal Navy vessel with close-ups of the sailors. Ordinarily, British sailors wear a tally on their caps with the name of their ship printed on it. However, the sailors' tallies only have "HMS" on them and no ship's name. See more »
Capt. Tom Wilder:
[spoken through voice tube to engine room]
If you want a last look at home, you'd better take it now.
[heavy with sorrow]
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The title is shown in Chinese characters, which dissolve into English. See more »
Others have reviewed this film better than I could, but I would like to point out one misconception I've seen in a couple of places: "Blood Alley" is not the Formosa Straits.
The Straits are approximately 420 miles ENE of Hong Kong, and are 118 miles wide at its widest point, which is practically the open sea. It's also nearly 250 miles from the end of the Straits to Hong Kong, which definitely would be open sea. The movie makes it clear that the refugees are moving 300 miles downriver to escape to Hong Kong, and at one point John Wayne's character worries about about what might happen to the boat in any kind of real waves.
Most likely "Blood Alley" is the Pearl River, which is China's third longest river after the Yangtze and Yellow, second largest in terms of volume, and does empty into the sea at Hong Kong. The delta near Hong Kong is wide and deep enough for the Chinese warship that was firing at the refugees later in the film. (Terrible shots weren't they?) The refugees also would have been following the east side of the delta rather than what appeared on Wayne's hand-drawn chart to be the west side, but hey -- it's the movies.
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