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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 a courageous and daring masquerade in a bullet-ridden China! See more »

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Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart and E.G. Marshall appeared in The Caine Mutiny (1954). See more »

Goofs

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: [of prostitutes] Don't tell me the Church gives up on 'em, father! Medicine doesn't give up...
Jim Carmody: When medicine reaches a point where it never has to walk hopelessly away from a case, then you can criticize the Church because it left some... spiritual illness uncured.
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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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Bogart
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Left Hand of God, The (1955)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Director Edward Dmytryk's film about a priest (Humphrey Bogart) who travels to a missionary in war torn China and gets involved with a nurse (Gene Tierney) and an evil ruler (Lee J. Cobb). Both the nurse and the ruler have their own ideas of what should happen to the mission but the priest is holding back a few secrets of his own. Agnes Moorehead, E.G. Marshall and Jean Porter round out the supporting cast to this drama, which I never really connected with. The best thing in the film are the performances and Bogart once again turns in an interesting role, which is something he did a lot of during his final few pictures. He's actually pretty good playing the tough priest and he even gets a wonderful sequence where he sings a few songs with some Chinese children. Tierney is equally good and Cobb is impressive to in his Fu-Manchu like role. However, the story is still pretty weak and the priest's secret isn't too hard to figure out.


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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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Budget:

$1,785,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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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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