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Pickup Alley (1957)

Interpol (original title)
International narcotics smuggler Frank McNally is trailed through various European countries by U.S. drug enforcement agent Charles Sturgis.

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John Gilling

Writers:

John Paxton (screenplay), A.J. Forrest (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Charles Sturgis
Anita Ekberg ... Gina Broger
Trevor Howard ... Frank McNally
Bonar Colleano ... Amalio
Dorothy Alison ... Helen
André Morell ... Commissioner Breckner (as Andre Morell)
Martin Benson ... Captain Varolli
Eric Pohlmann ... Etienne Fayala
Peter Illing ... Capt. Baris
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Curtis
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Murphy
Danny Green ... Second Bartender
Alec Mango ... Salko
Sidney James ... Joe - First Bartender
Marne Maitland ... Guido Martinelli
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Storyline

U.S. narcotics agent Charles Sturgis trails international dope smuggler Frank McNally by following his reluctant accomplice, Gina Broger, through the "pickup alleys" of New York, London, Lisbon, Rome, Naples and Athens. When Gina is finally arrested by Interpol, she helps Sturgis trace McNally and his $3,000,000 consignment back to New York. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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This Is A Picture About DOPE! See more »


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pickup Alley See more »

Filming Locations:

Genoa, Liguria, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Exteriors for the film where shot in England, Greece, Italy and Portugal - whereas a majority of the interiors were shot on a soundstage in London, England. See more »

Quotes

Frank McNally: No, we will not quarrel. But, I'd like to give you a little warning: don't try to blackmail me again or we might. See you around.
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References The Ten Commandments (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Anyone For Love
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Sung by Yana
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Another European-American hybrid 50s film with middling results.
24 May 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1950s, American actors were in demand in European films. It seems that it was far cheaper to make movies there and by bringing in one or two big-name or semi-big name American actors the movie would have greater international appeal. So the likes of Richard Basehart, Anthony Quinn and many other mostly B-list actors made there way to Europe, though a few, such as Alan Ladd, were big name stars. Almost as big as Ladd at that time was Victor Mature and here he stars as, what else, an American in Europe!

The film finds American Cop, Charles Sturgis (Mature) in Europe to try to break up an international drug smuggling outfit. His part in the film was at best mildly interesting...as mostly he played the stereotypical angry, blustering American. What WAS interesting was the leader of the baddies. While you don't think of Trevor Howard in such a role, he was vicious and very exciting to watch...and sadly he was barely in the film! As a result of this and a mediocre script, the film has 'time-passer' written all over it and nothing more.


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