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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 »
Adventure on the danger waters of the Orient!
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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"Blood Alley" not the Formosa Straits See more (34 total) »


  (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)
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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • 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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110 min | Argentina:116 min
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA) (magnetic prints)
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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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 »
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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in John Wayne: On Board with the Duke (1997) (V)See more »


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"Blood Alley" not the Formosa Straits, 31 January 2010
Author: EndlessBob from United States

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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