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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)
Spencer Chan ... Passenger (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)

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
 
Crew verified as complete


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  • U.S. 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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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:
In the scene where they are taking on wood in the ship graveyard, this was filmed at the San Pablo Yacht Club/Marina. The hulls of ships there were placed there to provide a breakwater into the marina.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When the Captain orders "No smoke!", the crew men throw buckets of water into the burning boiler to put out the fire. This would initially cause large volumes of white smoke. In addition, when superheated metal is suddenly cooled, it causes the metal to crack. Once the boiler was reheated, as when they enter Hong Kong, the boiler would have very likely exploded.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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Vehicle and settings make a highly entertaining film, 18 July 2014
Author: SimonJack from United States

Two other reviewers discuss the politics of the time this movie came out – 1955. In a nutshell, the Red (Communist) Chinese government had come to power under Mao Tse Tung after the end of WW II. The Chinese then supported the North Korean communist efforts to overrun South Korea. The U.S. still had not recognized the communist government – which had won control of China by force over the smaller democratic forces of Chiang Kai-shek following WW II.

Others have discussed John Wayne's patriotism – which some call "right wing." Wayne had strong feelings about his country. He used his film company, Batjac, to make some movies that espoused the American ideals of freedom, liberty and democracy. Although not as strongly as others, "Blood Alley" was one film that had such propaganda.

This movie was based on a novel of the same name by Albert S. Fleischman, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. It's a simple story and plot, with a mixture of suspense, romance and action. The script and roles are not exceptional, but the film has two vehicles that drive it. The first is the overall plan for an entire village to escape Red China and flee to freedom in Hong Kong. The second is the mode for such flight – a paddle-wheel ferry. Indeed, the boat is the heart of the tale and biggest star of the film.

The cast are all fine – John Wayne and Lauren Bacall make a nice team, and the supporting actors are very good. But, the settings, cast of very busy extras, and cinematography make this film exceptional. The filmmakers did an excellent job in giving us vivid scenes of the Chinese coast – having been filmed in San Francisco Bay. A 1955 review in the New York Times praised William Wellman for his direction. "But in filming his story at China Camp in San Rafael, near San Francisco, and in San Francisco Bay, Mr. Wellman appears to have approximated, in flavor at least, the authentic hilly Chinese locales as well as the reedy shores and choppy waters of the Formosa Strait. And he has added to that flavor by employing scores of Chinese-Americans as realistic 'extras.'"

I should mention one scene that flaunted reality. I wonder that the filmmakers didn't notice this. Early in the film, the villagers are loading very large rocks or small boulders into their sampans. One shot shows two frail-appearing older men carrying a rock the size of a duffel bag. That is followed by shots of men passing rocks the size of bed pillows to other men in the boats. This all seems to be done with relative ease. I don't know if there may be some sort of light-weigh rocks in China, but having done considerable landscaping with large rocks, I would conclude that the men in the film were supermen, or that the rocks were fakes. Rocks the size of bed pillows would easily weigh 200 pounds or more. And one the size of a duffel bag would tip the scales at 500 pounds or more.

Still, "Blood Alley" is a fine propaganda film that should entertain the whole family.

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