The Left Hand of God

Synopsis: 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...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Edward Dmytryk
Production: Fox
87 min

hospital so they stay away in droves.

There's no earthly reason

to keep the mission going.

The trouble is, the bishop

doesn't think earthly reasons

are as important as spiritual ones.

That's the difference between

my profession and yours.

I may be more interested in material

things that you think, doctor.

Let's get to the point.

It's not only a question

of my clinic.

In the mountains, there's a warlord

named Yang, We're sitting on

the edge of his territory.

Did the bishop tell you about him?

Yes, although I understood that

Yang's policy was not to interfere

with the missions.

Some of his troops have

raided the outlying villages

but in addition to Yang,

there's the political danger now.

Did they tell you how many

missions have been forced to close?

I, uh... I don't think

I know the exact number.

I'm surprised that the bishops sent

you out with so little information.

Perhaps he didn't

think it important.

There are three of us with our lives at stake in

this mission. My wife, an American nurse and myself.

China is being ripped apart

by civil war.

I think we're entitled to any

information the bishop gave you.

The bishop and I

are not exactly buddies.

Is that supposed to be funny?

This place has already

killed two priests.

I don't intend to add myself

and my wife to the list of martyrs.

And I expect a civil answer

- you're not talking to one of your parishioners now.

And you're not talking to

one of your coolie patients.

Don't depend too much on

that collar, Father O'Shea.

Would you like me to take it off?

I guess I have been a little abrupt.

My wife asked me to invite you

to dinner tonight.

She seems to think you must

be tired of Chinese cooking.

Well, thanks, I am.

We can continue the discussion

over a drop of something medicinal.

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