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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An odd film which drifts in no particular direction and offers little or no discernible storyline of any great interest. Bogart is well.. Bogart, Gene Tierney is the rather unimpressive love interest - all doe eyed and half asleep and Lee J Cobb as the villainous Chinaman is just plain ridiculous. Fine for dozing through on the sofa after Sunday lunch.
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