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The Left Hand of God (1955)

Approved | | Drama | 14 November 1955 (West Germany)
At a Catholic mission in China, long-awaited "Father O'Shea" proves to be a tough guy, disturbingly attractive to mission nurse Anne.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Alfred Hayes (screenplay), William E. Barrett (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

A man in priestly robes, seemingly the long-awaited Father O'Shea, arrives at a little-frequented Catholic mission in 1947 China. Though the man seems curiously uncomfortable with his priestly duties, his tough tactics prove very successful in the Seven Villages, as around them China disintegrates in civil war and revolution. But he has a secret, and his friendship with mission nurse Anne (an attractive war widow) seems to be taking on an unpriestly tone... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Bogart in China and in Trouble See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Filmnegah.com (Persian)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Del destino nadie huye See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,785,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000, 31 December 1955
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)| Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

This film unites Victor Sen Yung with Benson Fong. They played number two son Jimmy Chan and number three son Tommy Chan in the long running Charlie Chan film franchise. 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

At the very beginning, when Father O'Shea approaches the mission, he is supposedly riding through a thunderstorm. But the sun is brightly shining all through the scene, revealing that the "rain" is contrived by crew members, and the "thunder" is added by Foley artists. See more »

Quotes

Dr. David Sigman: I like to see a man get violent now and then. It's good for the circulation.
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Connections

Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

A LOAF OF BREAD
Written by Ken Darby (based on traditional "The Old Gray Goose")
Sung by Humphrey Bogart and Gene Tierney
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An excellent sentimental journey
1 April 2006 | by walter_kaileySee all my reviews

If you like warm feelings and inspirational plots, especially if you are religious, you will love this film. If you prefer PG-13 and above, don't bother. This is solid family entertainment. It has superb acting and writing, and it is very heart warming without being corny or maudlin. Bogart is at his best type cast in his standard role of a cynic from the school of hard knocks who, when put to the test, shows himself to have a heart of gold underneath it all. The extreme poverty and ignorance of Chinese rural people at this time, as well as the very successful inroads made by Catholic missionaries there during this period are accurately portrayed.


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