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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 »
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Tagline:
Adventure on the danger waters of the Orient!
Plot:
A merchant marine captain, rescued from the Chinese Communists by local villagers, is "shanghaied" into... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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)
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)
Eddie 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)
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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
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)
Peter Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Sterling .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (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
 
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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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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:
There was some surprise when Lauren Bacall agreed to make the movie since she was a left-wing Democrat and the film was right-wing Cold War propaganda.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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19 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The Bleeding Heart of China, 18 October 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

When I watch Blood Alley it does make me wonder that if all these people are so dead set on leaving Communist China than who was it that supported Chairman Mao. My answer is a lot of people who wished they hadn't.

When Blood Alley came out in 1955 the Chinese Communist takeover was in 1949 and we in this country, rightly or wrongly, were not recognizing them. Maybe the policy was bad, didn't mean the Chinese Communists were any good.

Anyway the film is about a sea captain who gets freed from jail in the People's Republic by a village who have hit upon a plan to take themselves to Hong Kong and freedom bag and baggage. The idea is to steal an old river steamboat and have Captain John Wayne pilot the craft down the Formosa straits, or Blood Alley as its called. Lauren Bacall who is the daughter of a medical missionary is along for the ride.

Too bad that the Duke and Betty could not get a better film though they sure did do a winner later on in The Shootist. Nevertheless in her memoirs she spoke with great affection for Wayne and how much she enjoyed working with him.

One other interesting thing has always struck me. John Wayne did three films with William Wellman and this was the least of them. The other two, The High and the Mighty and Island in the Sky are classics containing two of the Duke's best performances. But for whatever reason the Wayne family estate withheld them until last year it rendered discussion about Wayne's acting abilities totally off base. This one which is just a routine action adventure film despite the right wing political message.

In addition Wayne is miscast, but in fairness he was pinch hitting for the originally cast Robert Mitchum. Back in those days Wayne and his Batjac production company did produce films with other people in them. One they did produce was Track of the Cat that starred Mitchum and was directed by Bill Wellman. Wellman also directed Mitchum in his breakthrough role in The Story of GI Joe. But Wellman and Mitchum came to a parting of the ways just before the film was to start shooting and Mitchum got canned.

That left producer Wayne in a bind and after reportedly offering the role to Humphrey Bogart and Gregory Peck, he did it himself with no changes in the script to accommodate his less cynical screen persona.

In fact according to Lee Server's biography of Mitchum, Wayne was to go on his honeymoon with wife number 3, Pilar. It was postponed and Pilar Wayne would not allow the Mitchums in the Wayne home for the time she was married to the Duke, though Mitchum and Wayne were friends. They could be friends, but Mitchum was forbidden to enter her home.

Such occidentals as Paul Fix and Mike Mazurki were cast as Chinese in this film as was Berry Kroeger. It could never happen that way again, though Mazurki in fact did have some Oriental blood in his background.

As for Communist China or Red China if you prefer, you never hear it referred to in that way any more. That's because the second Mao Tse tung couldn't fog a mirror the Chinese set about becoming good capitalist oligarchs. They pay lip service to the 1949 revolution, but that's about all.

Good for them.

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