The Left Hand of God (1955)


“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.” – Jim

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A new priest arrives in a remote Chinese village but his methods and ways of dealing with problems surprises those around him.

My Take on it –  This is a film that I never heard of before coming across it during my recent attempt to watch more films featuring Humphrey Bogart.

The premise is quite good and works on numerous levels as the mystery of things is slowly revealed to us by the use of some nice hints along the way.

Bogart is great in the lead role and is able to play his character in both personas that he represents along the way.

Bogart has great chemistry with his co-star Gene Tierney and that connection is enhanced by the fact that both understand that they can never have a relationship.

Loved seeing Lee J. Cobb in this film as a Chinese warlord because he is able to bring things to this character that make him so enjoyable to watch as the story plays out.

The kind of connection that Bogart and Cobb have is also great to watch because we get to see the various interesting ways that the two of them interact when dealing with one another.

Bottom Line – Great premise that works really well. Bogart is great in the lead role and is able to play this character in both of the personas that he represents. They do a nice job keeping the mystery of the story suspenseful by giving us a few hints along the way. The chemistry between Bogart and Tierney is great and is actually enhanced by the fact that they both know that this kind of relationship will never work. Cobb is also great being cast as a Chinese warlord who Bogart must deal with in numerous ways over the course of the film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – William Faulkner completed an adaptation of the 1950 novel for Director Howard Hawks, a longtime collaborator, but the results were deemed “rather dull and sincere, with an abundance of narration” by Hawks biographer Todd McCarthy, and was shelved. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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