Blood Alley

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Overview

John Wayne teaches those dirty Commies yet another lesson in Blood Alley. Wayne plays a veteran seaman who comes to the aid of Lauren Bacall, the daughter of a missionary doctor killed by the Red Chinese. It takes no little persuasion, but Bacall finally convinces Wayne to smuggle a group of villagers past the Communist forces and into the safe harbor of Hong Kong. Though there are many close calls, Wayne proves to be a shade smarter and more resourceful than the minions of Mao. Lauren Bacall plays her stock ...
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Overview

John Wayne teaches those dirty Commies yet another lesson in Blood Alley. Wayne plays a veteran seaman who comes to the aid of Lauren Bacall, the daughter of a missionary doctor killed by the Red Chinese. It takes no little persuasion, but Bacall finally convinces Wayne to smuggle a group of villagers past the Communist forces and into the safe harbor of Hong Kong. Though there are many close calls, Wayne proves to be a shade smarter and more resourceful than the minions of Mao. Lauren Bacall plays her stock character with cool professionalism, though this sort of fare isn't really her cup of tea. Far better within the framework of the film are Paul Fix, Berry Kroeger, and Anita Ekberg, who aren't the most convincing "Chinese" in the world but who seem to fit right in with the blood-and-thunder proceedings. A. S. Fleischman adapted the screenplay of Blood Alley from his own novel.
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Special Features

2 behind-the-cameras featurettes from the Warner Bros. Presents tv series; Newsreels; John Wayne trailer gallery; Subtitles: English, Français & Español; (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A somewhat overblown melodrama, Blood Alley doesn't totally succeed as a film, but it does have its exciting moments and will be especially appreciated by fans of John Wayne and/or anti-Communist films and/or suspense melodramas with a foreign war background. Alley's biggest problem is its script, which is clichéd and trite and which features dialogue in each scene that is almost always exactly what one would expect to hear, a fact which makes the scenes become rather monotonous. It also doesn't help that there's little chemistry between Wayne and co-star/love interest Lauren Bacall. Wayne is Wayne, which is all diehard fans will ask for, and he certainly carries the movie, but he lacks complexity; perhaps originally cast Robert Mitchum would have added that missing ingredient. Fortunately, Alley has some definite assets as well, including William Wellman's muscular direction, which is especially well suited to the high octane sequences and which is valuable in keeping suspense and tension up. He's aided by William H. Clothier's fine cinematography, which along with expert production design makes California look convincingly Asian. Perhaps the most memorable thing about Alley, though, is that this is the film that Wayne was promoting when he made his legendary appearance on I Love Lucy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • UPC: 085391158578
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Repackaged / Special Packaging
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,512

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Wayne Capt. Tom Wilder
Lauren Bacall Cathy Grainger
Paul Fix Mr. Tao
Joy Kim Susu, Cathy's maid
Anita Ekberg Wei Ling
Berry Kroeger Old Feng
Mike Mazurki Big Han
Henry Nakamura Tack, the engineer
W.T. Chang Mr. Han
George Chan Mr. Sing
Lowell Gilmore British officer
Walter Soo Hoo Feng's No. 1 nephew
Victor Sen Yung Corporal Wang
Technical Credits
John Wayne Director, Producer
William Wellman Director
William H. Clothier Cinematographer
A.S. Fleischman Screenwriter
Fred MacDowell Editor
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
Carl Walker Costumes/Costume Designer
Roy Webb Score Composer
Alfred Ybarra Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blood Alley
1. Credits [1:44]
2. Sprung From Jail [3:46]
3. Miracle for Chiku Shan [4:58]
4. Baby, Meet Cathy [2:48]
5. 300 Miles of Experience [4:19]
6. A Map From Memory [6:09]
7. In and Out of Hiding [4:19]
8. Under the Bed [3:52]
9. All the Reds Mean [3:09]
10. Fengs and Shears [4:50]
11. Chief Engineer Tack [2:34]
12. Unhappy News [3:13]
13. Hijacking a Stern-Wheeler [5:54]
14. Ship Ahoy; Shipshape [4:46]
15. All Abroad [4:03]
16. Hit With the Truth [1:56]
17. Last Look Back [4:18]
18. Patrol Boat [3:42]
19. Act of Vanishing [3:17]
20. Below-Decks Discord [4:00]
21. Camouflage [2:25]
22. Poisoned Food [3:36]
23. Strict Rations [3:03]
24. Stormy Weather [3:22]
25. Wake Up, Lady [3:13]
26. Graveyard of Ships [7:01]
27. Make Up Your Minds [3:50]
28. Big Guns [4:22]
29. Manpower Through the Reeds [4:04]
30. Full Ahead to Hong Kong [2:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Blood Alley
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Pathe Newsreel Footage
      1955 Promo on Blood Alley (#1)
      1955 Promo on Blood Alley (#2)
      Wayne Trailer Gallery
         Play All
         Tall in the Saddle (1944)
         Fort Apache (1948)
         Blood Alley (1955)
         The Sea Chase (1955)
         The Train Robbers (1972)
         Cahill: United States Marshal (1973)
         McQ (1974)
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
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