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The Left Hand of God (1955)

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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The strangest covenant between God and man ever made See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Humphrey Bogart and E.G. Marshall appeared in The Caine Mutiny (1954). 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: [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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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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Bogie as a missionary in China
8 December 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Humphrey Bogart experiences "The Left Hand of God" in this 1955 film also starring Gene Tierney, Lee J. Cobb, Agnes Moorhead and Lee J. Cobb. Bogart is Father O'Shea, who arrives at a mission in China to take over religious duties. The casting of Bogart should tell you something right away. While there, he wins the hearts of the people and that of a beautiful nurse (Tierney) who is a widow and, being a strong Catholic, finds her emotions unsettling. Father O has a relationship with a Chinese warlord, and now the village seems in danger. Can he save it? There's not a tremendous amount of action in this film, but the wonderful cast keeps us interested. Always a surprising actor, Bogart has a way with touching moments, such as receiving a blessing from the oldest man in the village. In 1955, Gene Tierney was still a young and beautiful woman, but for some reason, around 1950, she adopted a short, matronly haircut that I for one never found flattering. She's lovely in this as a lonely widow. Moorhead and Marshall give strong performances as the doctor and his wife. Lee J. Cobb is good, but seen today, his Chinese makeup is distracting.

Mildly interesting.


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