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Glory Alley (1952)

 -  Drama | Music  -  6 June 1952 (USA)
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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Socks Barbarrosa
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Angela Evans
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Gus 'The Judge' Evans
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Peppi Donnato
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Gabe Jordan / Narrator
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Shadow Johnson
Jack Teagarden ...
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Dan Seymour ...
Sal Nichols (The Pig)
Larry Gates ...
Dr. Robert Ardley
Pat Goldin ...
Jabber
John Indrisano ...
Spider, the Bartender
Mickey Little ...
Domingo
Dick Simmons ...
Dan
Pat Valentino ...
Terry Waulker
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Frank, the Policeman
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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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6 June 1952 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Meeker, Caron in Raoul Walsh's Runyonesque gumbo
25 February 2002 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

A thrown-together gumbo from, of all directors, Raoul Walsh, Glory Alley (named for a raffish stretch of Bourbon Street) can't decide what flavor should dominate: the sweet, the piquant, the bitter. It seems to have been assembled from ingredients on hand at MGM in 1952. They were:

Ralph Meeker. Best remembered as Mike Hammer in Kiss Me Deadly, he caught the studio's eye when he replaced Marlon Brando on Broadway as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. On the off-chance that the N'Awlins setting might work its voodoo once more, the brawny Meeker was cast as a prizefighter called Socks Barbarossa.

Leslie Caron. Fresh from An American in Paris, she was at best a dancer with a Gallic accent and gamine charm. Here, she supports her blind father (Kurt Kaszner) by kicking (en point, no less) in hoochie-koochie numbers in a dive called Chez Bozo; it's a cross between Harriet Hoctor and Mary Tyler Moore as Laura Petrie, dancing in Capris.

Louis Armstrong. Instead of turning him into a jazz-joint headliner, he's relegated to the part of a philosophizing guide for the sightless old grump; thankfully, he sings a few songs and blows his horn now and again.

All in all, Glory Alley is a Runyonesque slice of life set among the poor people of the Big Easy. Meeker, in love with Caron but hated by her father, sustains a none-too-plausible run of ups and downs (there's even an excursion to Korea). It's a pot-luck special, made (it seems) to clear out the studio's larders.


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