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During the Chinese Civil War of 1949, the Communists constantly harass the two priests of a remote Catholic mission outpost.

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Father O'Banion
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Father Bovard
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Siu Lan
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Sister Agness
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Kuznietsky
Edith Sharpe ...
Sister Theresa
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Chung Ren
Marie Yang ...
Ho San's Mother
Andy Ho ...
Ho San's Father
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Ah Wang
Weaver Levy ...
Ho San (as Weaver Lee)
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Father Lemay (uncredited)
Lin Chen ...
Sister Mary (uncredited)
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Ho San's Driver (uncredited)
Noel Hood ...
Sister Justine (uncredited)
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Junior Officer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Leo McCarey
David W. Orton ... (uncredited)

Written by

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Claude Binyon ... (screenplay) and
Leo McCarey ... (screenplay)
 
Pearl S. Buck ... (novel "The China Story")

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Cecil F. Ford ... associate producer
Leo McCarey ... producer

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Richard Rodney Bennett

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Oswald Morris ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Gordon Pilkington

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David Martindale ... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Tony West ... first assistant editor (uncredited)

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Nora Roberts ... (uncredited)

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Thomas N. Morahan ... (as Tom Morahan)

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Jack Stephens ... (uncredited)

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George Frost ... makeup supervisor
Bill Griffiths ... chief hairdresser

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Jack Swinburne ... production manager

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David W. Orton ... first assistant director (as David Orton)
Dennis Hall ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Carl Mannin ... second second assistant director (uncredited)

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John Hoesli ... assistant art director
Jim Morahan ... associate art director
Jack Stephens ... set dresser
Ivor Beddoes ... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Graysmark ... set designer (uncredited)
Sid Palmer ... property buyer (uncredited)
Jack Shampan ... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Tommy Welsh ... property master (uncredited)

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John Bramall ... sound recordist
Bill Cook ... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Geoffrey Kidd ... boom operator (uncredited)
Brian Knott ... sound camera operator (uncredited)

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Brian West ... camera operator
Gerry Elliott ... clapper loader (uncredited)
Bob Penn ... still photographer (uncredited)
Fred Petty ... chief floor electrician (uncredited)
John Scott ... grip (uncredited)
Jimmy Turrell ... focus puller (uncredited)

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Arthur Newman ... wardrobe supervisor
Bob Rayner ... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Doris Turner ... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)

Music Department

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Muir Mathieson ... conductor

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Constance Willis ... continuity (as Connie Willis)
Jean Hall ... production secretary (uncredited)
Edward MacElroy ... chinese dialogue coach (uncredited)
Eddie Powell ... chniese extras liaision (uncredited)
Juliet Yuen ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A priest (William Holden) arrives at a mission-post in China accompanied by a young native girl who has joined him along the way. His job is to relieve the existing priest (Clifton Webb), who is now too old and weak to continue with the upkeep of the church. However, Communist soldiers arrive at the mission and seize it as a command post. Their leader rapes the native girl and impregnates her, only later to realise that Communism is no good for him. In the end, the foursome flee to the border, but are pursued by Communist forces along the way. Written by Jonathon Dabell

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Taglines How Violators of Human Decency Work Their Terror Countdown! See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Devil Never Sleeps (United Kingdom)
  • Une histoire de Chine (France)
  • Satán nunca duerme (Spain)
  • Paholainen ei koskaan nuku (Finland)
  • Flight from Terror
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  • 125 min
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Budget $2,885,000 (estimated)

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Trivia This was Clifton Webb's final film and one of only two of his sound films in which he appeared without his trademark mustache. The other was For Heaven's Sake (1950). See more »
Goofs In the baptism scene at the end, Holden pulls the white garment over his head just as the name of the child is revealed. His hair is very tousled as his head subsequently emerges. The scene cuts to the proud/happy parents, then right back to Holden and his hair is miraculously restored to its customary neatness with no apparent time elapsed. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (2001). See more »
Soundtracks Satan Never Sleeps See more »

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