A man in priestly robes, seemingly the long-awaited Father O'Shea, arrives at a little-frequented Catholic mission in 1947 China. Though the man seems curiously uncomfortable with his priestly duties, his tough tactics prove very successful in the Seven Villages, as around them China disintegrates in civil war and revolution. But he has a secret, and his friendship with mission nurse Anne (an attractive war widow) seems to be taking on an unpriestly tone... Written by
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Dr. David Sigman:
Don't tell me the Church gives up on 'em, father! Medicine doesn't give up...
When medicine reaches a point where it never has to walk hopelessly away from a case, then you can criticize the Church because it left some... spiritual illness uncured.
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Bogey's a priest in Asia, trying to help Gene Tierney help herself and a mission survive the trying times and the dangerous local warlord (Cobb!!). Not too much going on here, just a lot of nice scenery and some light melodrama, since Bogart's character is not all he seems to be (he curses, beats a stranger, and packs a gun). Cobb was not a good choice for the warlord (I mean, Willie Loman to Chinese Warlord in one easy step? What were they thinking?), but the scenes with he and Bogey are the most entertaining aspect of the film. Tierney is given little to work with, and does little herself to salvage the material; her chemistry with Bogart is also close to zero.
Watchable, but only sparsely entertaining -- could possibly have been a better movie with a less compromised production.
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