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Blood Alley -- John Wayne stars as an American merchant marine who ferries a group of Chinese refugees down the Yangtze River to escape the Communists.
Blood Alley -- A merchant marine captain, rescued from the Chinese Communists by local visitors, is "shanghaied" into transporting the whole village to Hong Kong on an ancient paddle steamer.

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Release Date:
1 October 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Adventure on the danger waters of the Orient!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. See more »
User Reviews:
Very entertaining, top cast, adventure, enjoyable characters. See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Chan ... Mr. Sing (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Passenger (uncredited)
Danny Chang ... Child Who Salutes Captain (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ... Mr. Han (uncredited)
David Chow ... Boat Man (uncredited)
Chester Gan ... Ferry Boat Captain (uncredited)
Lowell Gilmore ... British Officer (uncredited)

James Hong ... Communist Soldier (uncredited)
Edwin Luke ... Feng's #2 Nephew (uncredited)
Henry Nakamura ... Tack - Engineer (uncredited)
Walter Soo Hoo ... Feng's #1 Nephew (uncredited)
Victor Sen Yung ... Cpl. Wang (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
John Wayne (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Albert Sidney Fleischman (screenplay) (as A.S. Fleischman)

Albert Sidney Fleischman (novel "Blood Alley") (as A.S. Fleischman)

Produced by
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Clothier (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Fred MacDowell 
 
Production Design by
Alfred Ybarra 
 
Set Decoration by
Victor A. Gangelin (set decorations) (as Victor Gangelin)
 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
Web Overlander .... makeup supervisor
Norman Pringle .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Tom Andre .... unit production manager
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew V. McLaglen .... assistant director
Robert H. Justman .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... property master (as Joseph LaBella)
 
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (uncredited)
Paul Reuting .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Daniel Hays .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Preston Peterson .... stunts (as Peter Peterson uncredited)
David Chow .... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Coogan .... stunts (uncredited)
Evelyn Finley .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
Stubby Kruger .... stunts (uncredited)
Sharon Lucas .... stunts (uncredited)
Shirley Lucas .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Sterling .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Stern .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carl Walker .... costumes: men
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Gus Levene .... orchestrator
Lloyd Young .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
George Coleman .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
 
Crew verified as complete


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  • Department of Defense  we wish to express our appreciation to: for their cooperation and assistance (as the United States Department of Defense)
  • United States Coast Guard  we wish to express our appreciation to: for their cooperation and assistance (as the United States Coast Guard)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"William A. Wellman's Blood Alley" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
110 min | Argentina:116 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA) (magnetic prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | Germany:12 (DVD) | Netherlands:6 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (certificate #17459) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Lauren Bacall on "Blood Alley": "That was supposed to be Mitchum, but he got into some brouhaha - probably had a few too many. William Wellman was great; Wild Bill, a fascinating man! Not a good movie, but I liked working with Duke. We didn't agree politically, but we got along well and had a sort of chemistry."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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25 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Very entertaining, top cast, adventure, enjoyable characters., 28 April 2005
Author: tet68a1 from United States

Shows the communist way of oppression and total disregard for human life, even their own people. Mild compared to what Mao actually did to China. Good for all ages. Unique concept of the quirks of John Wayne's character. Rare display of a movie to show the way of communists without typical socialist and anti-American excuses. As for the real life murders of 40 to 60 million Chinese during Mao's dictatorship this is a hopeful story. Millions of Chinese were able to do this, however with little help from the outside world. Several movies and reports of this type were available before the censorship by pro-communists of the later 60's and 70's.

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