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Director Edward Dmytryk's film about a priest (Humphrey Bogart) who travels to a missionary in war torn China and gets involved with a nurse (Gene Tierney) and an evil ruler (Lee J. Cobb). Both the nurse and the ruler have their own ideas of what should happen to the mission but the priest is holding back a few secrets of his own. Agnes Moorehead, E.G. Marshall and Jean Porter round out the supporting cast to this drama, which I never really connected with. The best thing in the film are the performances and Bogart once again turns in an interesting role, which is something he did a lot of during his final few pictures. He's actually pretty good playing the tough priest and he even gets a wonderful sequence where he sings a few songs with some Chinese children. Tierney is equally good and Cobb is impressive to in his Fu-Manchu like role. However, the story is still pretty weak and the priest's secret isn't too hard to figure out.
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