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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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(screenplay) (as A.S. Fleischman), (novel) (as A.S. Fleischman)
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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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A strange bargain sealed with a desperate kiss. See more »


Action | Adventure


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Release Date:

1 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

William A. Wellman's Blood Alley  »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1955
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)| (WarnerPhonic/RCA) (magnetic prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Wayne temporarily directed this film while director William A. Wellman suffered from influenza. See more »


In three scenes with Captain Wilder and Big Han are talking, the sampan is not moving. The trees reflected in the water behind the sampan are the give away. 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.
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 »


Featured in Hellcats of the Navy (1957) See more »

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Decent adventure
24 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

"i think they just want to evilize the Chinese communist government (they may be or not be, now their people are manufacturing for the world)"

This, posted above, reflects the attitude of several commenters whose left-wing sphincters reflexively contracted the second they read the name "John Wayne".

"Blood Alley" isn't great, and it isn't one of Wayne's best movies, but it's well-made and entertaining enough to be worthy of at least one viewing.

As for "evilizing" the Chinese government, Mao Zedong and his regime did a fine job of doing that themselves when their actions resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of their own people, not to mention brutal imprisonment of non-criminals, slavery, stupid agricultural policies that resulted in mass starvation, etc., etc. It's no wonder the people in the film's village wanted to escape. But damn John Wayne and his conservative cronies for making it the background of an escapist adventure movie. Because after all, the death and oppression of countless innocent people that is the legacy of the communists in China is okay, because "now their people are manufacturing for the world", and who is the Duke to say otherwise?

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