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Writers:
Alfred Hayes (screenplay)
William E. Barrett (novel)
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Release Date:
14 November 1955 (West Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Bogart...In a new type of action role! See more »
Plot:
At a Catholic mission in China, long-awaited "Father O'Shea" proves to be a tough guy, disturbingly attractive to mission nurse Anne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Surviving as a Padre See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Humphrey Bogart ... James 'Jim' Carmody

Gene Tierney ... Anne 'Scotty' Scott

Lee J. Cobb ... Mieh Yang

Agnes Moorehead ... Beryl Sigman

E.G. Marshall ... Dr. David Sigman
Jean Porter ... Mary Yin
Carl Benton Reid ... Father Cornelius
Victor Sen Yung ... John Wong
Philip Ahn ... Jan Teng
Benson Fong ... Chun Tien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Burton ... Rev. Marvin (uncredited)
George Chan ... Li Kwan (uncredited)
Sophie Chin ... Celeste - Nurse (uncredited)
Peter Chong ... Fen Tso Lin - Merchant (uncredited)
Doris Chung ... Clinic Nurse (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Father O'Shea (uncredited)
Don Forbes ... Father Keller (uncredited)
Candace Lee ... Girl Singing 'My Old Kentucky Home' (uncredited)
George Lee ... Mi Lu (uncredited)
May Lee ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Leon Lontoc ... Pao Ching (uncredited)
Stella Lynn ... Pao Chu (uncredited)
Moy Ming ... Old Man Seeking Blessing (uncredited)
Henry S. Quan ... Clinic Orderly (uncredited)
Walter Soo Hoo ... Clinic Orderly (uncredited)
Kam Tong ... Moslem Messenger (uncredited)
Sammee Tong ... Servant (uncredited)
Noel Toy ... Woman in Sarong (uncredited)
Marie Tsien ... Woman in Kimono (uncredited)
Beal Wong ... Father (uncredited)
Stephen Wong ... Dan - Boy Leading the Father (uncredited)
Soo Yong ... Midwife of Pao Chu (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
Alfred Hayes (screenplay)

William E. Barrett (novel "The Left Hand of God")

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer 
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
Maurice Ransford 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
Frank Wade 
 
Costume Design by
Travilla 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Kadish .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Etter D'Orazio .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dick Jensen .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Frank Tang .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
87 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints) | Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)
Certification:
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD) | UK:A (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (certificate #17452) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
This film unites Victor Sen Young with Benson Fong. They played #2 son Jimmy Chan and #3 son Tommy Chan in the long running Charlie Chan series. Interestingly they never appeared together in any of the Chan films and later in the series for some unknown reason, the producers changed Sen Young's character's name to Tommy Chan.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Throughout the climactic confrontation as Carmody and Mieh Yang sit next to each other, Mieh Yang's bald head shifts repeatedly between sunshine and shadow.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. David Sigman:I like to see a man get violent now and then. It's good for the circulation.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
A LOAF OF BREADSee more »

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12 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Surviving as a Padre, 6 March 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Interesting that The Left Hand of God should be directed by Edward Dmytryk one of the famed Hollywood 10 and the only one to recant and admit his Communist Party involvement so he could beat the blacklist and resume work. Dmytryk like Bogart in the film pretended he was something he wasn't and submitted himself for a kind of absolution.

Flier James Carmody is shot down while flying the hump in Kuomintang China during the Thirties and he's shot down in an isolated area where Chiang Kai-shek's writ doesn't run. He gets drafted into warlord Lee J. Cobb's army and then deserts, using the disguise of a recently deceased priest who got himself deceased by one of Cobb's men.

Like William Holden in Bridge Over the River Kwai, Carmody played by Bogart is forced by circumstance to keep up the appearance. He wins over a lot of the villagers where the deceased priest was headed for. And he also wins over missionary lady Gene Tierney. And he becomes involved in a rather dubious miracle that saves the village.

The key here is that Bogart is a lapsed Catholic himself in the film. Otherwise the whole thing would have no meaning whatsoever. Even so, I'm still dubious myself about Bogart's attitude when all's said and done.

Plot elements can be found as I said in The Bridge on the River Kwai and later on it was played for comedy in a military setting when Glenn Ford pretended he was a general in Imitation General in an obscure corner of the European theater in World War II.

Bogey fans will consider this film a must, others can take or leave it.

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