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The Left Hand of God -- At a Catholic mission in China, long-awaited "Father O'Shea" proves to be a tough guy, disturbingly attractive to mission nurse Anne.


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Release Date:
14 November 1955 (West Germany) See more »
Bogart...In a new type of action role! See more »
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 »
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Interesting film of Edward Dmytryk with a script of great potential. See more (26 total) »


  (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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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87 min
Color (DeLuxe) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints) | Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)
Finland:S | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (DVD) | UK:A (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (certificate #17452) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Beryl Sigman:Females are simple biological structures, their bodies pay very little attention to their minds.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) (TV)See more »


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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Interesting film of Edward Dmytryk with a script of great potential., 29 March 2012
Author: psagray from Spain

China 1947. Carmody (Humphrey Bogart), an American pilot, after being shot down his plane, falls into the hands of a tyrannical warlord (Lee J. Cobb). When she manages to escape, posing as a priest and takes refuge in a small Catholic mission.

The story presents this movie is interesting but does not reach high rating because of a film script that delves surface perhaps little in the characters and situations. The film deserved to all this a little footage, it seems too short for what could have been achieved in this film. There is more than enough material to develop a script for higher quality and wider development in every sense of what is narrated. Humphrey Bogart's interpretation is correct, as the direction of Edward Dmytryk One of the primary sequences of this production, starring Lee J.Cobb is presented in original version with subtitles in English and Spahish and I suppose that is caused by the deteriorating sound Spanish original dubbing for release in Spain ago many years.

This film belongs to the first who filmed the FOX in its new widescreen Cinemascope and impact caused both inexplicably now being marketed in 1.85 widescreen with which there are continuous images side mutilations resulting in disparate frames. It so happens that at the beginning of the film with the credits at the end of it has respected the original format CINEMASCOPE to accommodate the whole picture, because in another way as it offers all the film does not can be seen in full. It's a slightly flawed film both in its filming in the year 1955 and in its current commercial form.

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