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Glory Alley (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Music | 6 June 1952 (USA)
In New Orleans, prizefighter Socks Barbarrosa suddenly runs out of the ring before his title bout, and swears he'll never fight again. He gives no reason for his strange actions. His girl ... See full summary »

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Art Cohn (screenplay), Art Cohn (story)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Meeker ... Socks Barbarrosa
Leslie Caron ... Angela
Kurt Kasznar ... The Judge
Gilbert Roland ... Peppi Donnato
John McIntire ... Gabe Jordan
Louis Armstrong ... Shadow Johnson
Jack Teagarden ... Jack Teagarden
Dan Seymour ... Sal Nichols aka The Pig
Larry Gates ... Dr. Robert Ardley
Pat Goldin Pat Goldin ... Jabber
John Indrisano ... Spider
Mickey Little Mickey Little ... Domingo
Dick Simmons ... Dan
Pat Valentino Pat Valentino ... Terry Waulker
David McMahon ... Frank - the Policeman
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Storyline

In New Orleans, prizefighter Socks Barbarrosa suddenly runs out of the ring before his title bout, and swears he'll never fight again. He gives no reason for his strange actions. His girl friend Angela sticks by him, but her father, a blind man known as "The Judge" brands him a coward and refuses to let his daughter marry him. Socks joins the army, goes to Korea, and comes back a war hero. Everybody loves him again, except for the Judge. A secret in Sock's past is revealed as the explanation for his quitting the ring, and is also the key to his redemption in the eyes of the Judge. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Street of tough guys, hot tunes, temptation!

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Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La ruelle du péché See more »

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Budget:

$971,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The name of the club Leslie Caron dances in is Chez Bozo. See more »

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What a drama
4 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the true tradition of big studios after Leslie Caron scored her big triumphal debut in An American In Paris MGM assigns her to a grade B flick where she performs in a Bourbon Street saloon on a side alley called Glory Alley. If they did not have a big project for you right away you still earned your salary in whatever they had at the moment.

In those first 10 minutes I couldn't quite believe what I saw. Ralph Meeker is an up and coming heavyweight contender with 33 straight wins 28 of them by knockout we are told. His character to me obviously based on Rocky Marciano.

Can you imagine Marciano as the ring introductions were made just getting up and walking out of his fight with Jersey Joe Walcott? Because that's what Meeker does. This man must be one drama queen. It goes downhill from there as he does go to war in Korea and wins the Congressional Medal of Honor. In the end we're given no real reason why Meeker does all this and the narrated ending by newspaperman John McIntire really makes it all so ludicrous.

Leslie Caron is given a few numbers to sing and dance and the appearance of jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden are welcome.

But this whole film is ridiculous. How did Raoul Walsh get roped into this one?


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