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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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User Reviews:
Even John Wayne seemed bored by the movie. See more (34 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)
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
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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  • 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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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:
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:
Continuity: When the ferry is first brought into the village for the evacuation, there are two 'eyes' on the bow. Shortly after, Big Han brings a sign, in Chinese, with the new name of the ferry, the Chiku Shan.

Later the name of the ferry is shown in English, not Chinese, on each side of the bow and the sign in Chinese appears and disappears from under the pilot house.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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Movie Connections:
Edited into Hellcats of the Navy (1957)See more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Even John Wayne seemed bored by the movie., 8 May 2010
Author: Terra_Noir from United States

Nobody does John Wayne as good as John Wayne. But in 'Blood Alley' Wayne didn't even portrait himself well. He seemed bored through out the movie, failing to give anything better than an average performance. Maybe he knew the script was weak. I certainly felt no interest in the characters or what they were doing, maybe Wayne didn't either. Too bad because it seemed like a good premise for a movie.

You do get to see Lauren Bacall in color. However she didn't get to do much of anything interesting. Nobody really does.

One good point, the film is directed by William Wellman who goes back to the silent film era and directed such monumental films as 'The Public Enemy', 'The Ox Bow Incident' and 'A Star is Born' 1937 version, which he also wrote. And another good point is that it was shot in CinmaScope with glorious 'Warner Color', looks good. And don't forget the actual footage shot at the graveyard of ships, which was cool.

Not a classic, but a worthy diversion.

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