IMDb > Blood Alley (1955)
Blood Alley
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Blood Alley (1955) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 31 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
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.

Overview

User Rating:
6.3/10   2,079 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 1% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writers:
Contact:
View company contact information for Blood Alley on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
1 October 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Adventure on the danger waters of the Orient! See more »
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. See more »
User Reviews:
Fun old movie with John Wayne and Lauren Bacall See more (37 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


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)
See more »
Runtime:
110 min | Argentina:116 min
Country:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Blood Alley is a nickname for the Formosa Strait.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Big Han and Captain Wilder are talking on the sampan, two men are throwing their knives at a crudely-drawn face on a wooden post near them. The post is shown in close-up when the knives are thrown and stick into it, and then from farther away when they are pulled out. In the farther away shots when the knives are pulled out, a solid tall thin shadow, likely of another post, covers much of the target post, but it is not there in the close-ups.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.
See more »
Movie Connections:

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Fun old movie with John Wayne and Lauren Bacall, 30 April 2016
Author: dodig-65512 from Thedford Ontario Canada

I love this old movie and not because I'm a dyed in the wool John Wayne fan, because I'm not! There's a couple of other Wayne movies I like but not a lot! The Rooster Coburn ones are a couple! I don't watch a movie for the technical mistakes or say who was miscast! If I really like one it becomes a "favourite" and may be brought out fairly often! This is one of my very "favourites"! I can't really tell you why, maybe it's the idea of a whole village escaping from Red China, plausible or not! I love happy endings!! Maybe it's because I'm an old fart of 80! Don't give me violence or a lot of bed hopping that's not for me or 4 letter words either! I didn't hear a single one! I would like to point out that Amoy is on the coast of China.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (37 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Blood Alley (1955)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Paddle-wheeler??? GACosta_50
John Wayne + Lauren Bacall ejgreen77
Did anybody else notice... notorious918
Where was the Graveyard of Ships? edalweber
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Gunga Din The Sea Hawk Bend of the River The Guns of Navarone Force 10 from Navarone
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.