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Blood Alley (1955)

Approved | | Action, Adventure | 1 October 1955 (USA)
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His ship seized by the Chinese Communists, American Merchant Captain Tom Wilder languishes in prison but Chinese villagers help him escape to sail them to Hong-Kong.

Directors:

William A. Wellman, John Wayne (uncredited)

Writers:

Albert Sidney Fleischman (screenplay) (as A.S. Fleischman), Albert Sidney Fleischman (novel) (as A.S. Fleischman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Capt. Tom Wilder
Lauren Bacall ... Cathy Grainger
Paul Fix ... Mr. Tso
Joy Kim ... Susu
Berry Kroeger ... Old Feng (as Berry Kroger)
Mike Mazurki ... Big Han
Anita Ekberg ... Wei Ling
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Storyline

A merchant marine captain, rescued from the Chinese Communists by local villagers, is "shanghaied" into transporting the whole village to Hong Kong on an ancient paddle steamer. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Two people with their backs to the ancient wall of China! See more »

Genres:

Action | Adventure

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 October 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William A. Wellman's Blood Alley See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,200,000, 31 December 1955
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording) (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

There was some surprise when Lauren Bacall agreed to make the movie since she was a left-wing Democrat and the film was considered to be "right-wing Cold War propaganda". See more »

Goofs

When Big Han and Captain Wilder are talking on the sampan, two men are throwing their knives at a crudely-drawn face on a wooden post near them. The post is shown in close-up when the knives are thrown and stick into it, and then from farther away when they are pulled out. In the farther away shots when the knives are pulled out, a solid tall thin shadow, likely of another post, covers much of the target post, but it is not there in the close-ups. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Tom Wilder: [spoken through voice tube to engine room] If you want a last look at home, you'd better take it now.
Tack: [heavy with sorrow] I looked.
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The title is shown in Chinese characters, which dissolve into English. See more »

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Featured in Hellcats of the Navy (1957) See more »

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Decent adventure
24 September 2012 | by liscarkat-2See all my reviews

"i think they just want to evilize the Chinese communist government (they may be or not be, now their people are manufacturing for the world)"

This, posted above, reflects the attitude of several commenters whose left-wing sphincters reflexively contracted the second they read the name "John Wayne".

"Blood Alley" isn't great, and it isn't one of Wayne's best movies, but it's well-made and entertaining enough to be worthy of at least one viewing.

As for "evilizing" the Chinese government, Mao Zedong and his regime did a fine job of doing that themselves when their actions resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of their own people, not to mention brutal imprisonment of non-criminals, slavery, stupid agricultural policies that resulted in mass starvation, etc., etc. It's no wonder the people in the film's village wanted to escape. But damn John Wayne and his conservative cronies for making it the background of an escapist adventure movie. Because after all, the death and oppression of countless innocent people that is the legacy of the communists in China is okay, because "now their people are manufacturing for the world", and who is the Duke to say otherwise?


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