Based on the novel by William E. Barrett, the film is somewhat provocative, in that its central character is a man who masquerades as a priest. Carrying on this deception is Yank flier Humphrey Bogart, who believes it to be the sole way he can escape as prisoner of Chinese warlord Lee J. Cobb.

Based on the novel by William E. Barrett, the film is somewhat provocative, in that its central character is a man who masquerades as a priest. Carrying on this deception is Yank flier Humphrey Bogart, who believes it to be the sole way he can escape as prisoner of Chinese warlord Lee J. Cobb.

What transpires in a remote Chinese province after Bogart dons the ecclesiastical robes in 1947 largely adds up to character studies of the fake priest and his immediate colleagues at a Catholic mission, where all are stationed. For the drama and suspense aren’t to be found in whether the flier escapes from China but in the soul-searching he subjects himself in continuing the masquerade.

Besides Bogart, others who have their own mental conflicts are Gene Tierney, E.G. Marshall, and Agnes Moorehead.

The Left Hand of God

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Edward Dmytryk; Producer Buddy Adler; Screenplay Alfred Hayes; Camera Franz Planer; Editor Dorothy Spencer; Music Victor Young; Art Director Lyle Wheeler, Maurice Ransford

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Humphrey Bogart Gene Tierney Lee J. Cobb Agnes Moorehead E.G. Marshall Carl Benton Reid
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