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Director:
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:
They're Right- Bogie's Left. 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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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:
William Faulkner completed an adaptation of the 1950 novel for director Howard Hawks, a longtime collaborator, but the results were deemed "rather dull and sincere with an abundance of narration" by Hawks biographer Todd McCarthy and was shelved.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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27 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
They're Right- Bogie's Left., 3 November 2000

Great movie stars are rarely great actors. But they are people who exude elements of humanity, which we'd like to possess- John Wayne's toughness, Sharon Stone's glamour, Gary Cooper's inner silence, or Michael Douglas's ruthlessness. More unique than acting talent, Humphrey Bogart's element was that of hardened sinner whose inner spark of decency wasn't entirely subsumed. In this Cinemascope/colour movie, where Bogie's late-night drinking and myriad of broken marital relationships was visibly etched upon every facial crevice, the idea that he could pass himself off as a priest was ludicrous. But THE LEFT HAND OF GOD never demands that of him- nor us.

It makes instead, the not impossible proposition that a simple, remote Chinese community traumatised by marauders might presume Bogie to be the 'priest of Christ' they so anxiously await. We the audience, are privy to who Bogey is and still is. His un-Godly skill, which ultimately saves the mission from General Yang's terror, is entirely in character.

The Catholic theology was also dead on. Those whom Bogie absolved, married and buried were spiritually exonerated by the very innocence we moviegoers cannot share about Bogart. The power of the central argument of William Barrett's much dissipated novel, in spite of -or maybe because of, 50's Hollywood formulaic moviemaking- is somehow preserved.

The repetitious references to Bogey as 'the priest of Christ' and the ingenuous children's enigmatic broken-English farewell of 'Oole Kantackee Hom,' also persuade. We know Bogey must leave, and that he is redeemed in spite of himself. Even Bogie doesn't know that. We now also know that this life-scarred, bloodshot, poker-playing sceptic received a fair Hearing- after dying from throat cancer less than two years later on January 14th 1957 -at least from the left Hand Side of his Maker.

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