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The Left Hand of God ()


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At a Catholic mission in China, long-awaited "Father O'Shea" proves to be a tough guy, disturbingly attractive to mission nurse Anne.

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James 'Jim' Carmody
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Anne 'Scotty' Scott
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Mieh Yang
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Beryl Sigman
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Dr. David Sigman
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Mary Yin
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Father Cornelius
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John Wong
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Jan Teng
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Chun Tien
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Rev. Marvin (uncredited)
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Li Kwan (uncredited)
Sophie Chin ...
Celeste - Nurse (uncredited)
Peter Chong ...
Fen Tso Lin - Merchant (uncredited)
Doris Chung ...
Clinic Nurse (uncredited)
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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)
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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)
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Moslem Messenger (uncredited)
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Servant (uncredited)
Noel Toy ...
Woman in Sarong (uncredited)
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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

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Edward Dmytryk

Written by

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Alfred Hayes ... (screenplay)
 
William E. Barrett ... (novel "The Left Hand of God")

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Buddy Adler ... producer

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Victor Young

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Franz Planer

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Dorothy Spencer

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Leonard Doss ... color consultant

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Maurice Ransford
Lyle R. Wheeler

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Walter M. Scott
Frank Wade

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Travilla

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist
Helen Turpin ... hair stylist

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Ben Kadish ... assistant director

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Eugene Grossman ... sound
Harry M. Leonard ... sound
Etter D'Orazio ... sound editor (uncredited)
Dick Jensen ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Ray Kellogg ... special photographic effects

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Clyde Taylor ... gaffer (uncredited)

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Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director
Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)

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Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator
Sidney Cutner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Frank Tang ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • La main gauche du Seigneur (France)
  • La mano izquierda de Dios (Spain)
  • Luojan vasen käsi (Finland)
  • Del destino nadie huye (Colombia)
  • Το αριστερό χέρι του Θεού (Greece)
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  • 87 min
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Budget $1,785,000 (estimated)

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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 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in Bogart: The Untold Story (1996). See more »
Soundtracks A LOAF OF BREAD 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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