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Friday Matinee: Satan Never Sleeps (1962) – William Holden, Clifton Webb & France Nuyen,

14/01/2022

Satan Never Sleeps (also known as The Devil Never Sleeps) is a 1962 American drama romance war film directed by Leo McCarey, his final film, in which he returns to the religious themes of his classics Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945). It also is the final screen appearance of actor Clifton Webb.

It is about a priest, Father O’Banion (William Holden), who arrives at a mission-post in China accompanied by a young native girl, Siu Lan (France Nuyen), who has joined him along the way. His job is to relieve the incumbent priest Father Bovard (Webb), who is now too old and weak to continue with the upkeep of the church. However, Mao‘s 1949 Communist soldiers, who arrive at the mission before Bovard can depart, seize it as a command post. Their leader, Ho San (Weaver Lee), rapes the girl and impregnates her, but later abandons his political beliefs. In the end, the four flee to the border, but are pursued by Communist forces along the way

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