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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:
Socks Barbarrosa
Angela Evans
Gus 'The Judge' Evans
Peppi Donnato
Gabe Jordan / Narrator
Shadow Johnson
Jack Teagarden ...
Dan Seymour ...
Sal Nichols (The Pig)
Larry Gates ...
Dr. Robert Ardley
Pat Goldin ...
John Indrisano ...
Spider, the Bartender
Mickey Little ...
Pat Valentino ...
Terry Waulker
Frank, the Policeman


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 <>

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Street of tough guys, hot tunes, temptation!


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6 June 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La ruelle du péché  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A Lesson in Bad Movie-Making
18 November 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Rarely have I seen such uniformly bad reviews for a studio production with name stars as this one. No need to repeat many of the negative points already made. I am curious, nonetheless, how such a misfire not only got released but also how it got made in the first place. Director Raoul Walsh was one of Hollywood's most respected filmmakers, and deservedly so. Yet his direction of Meeker suggests that neither of them had a clear concept of the character of Socks who comes across like a grinning doofus instead of a tough-guy boxer (compare with Meeker's genuine tough guy in Kiss Me Deadly). In fact, Walsh's direction really comes alive only during the crowd scenes which do show some sparkle. My guess is he took one look at the screenplay and went for the payday. And who was it, I wonder, who gave final approval to a script (Art Cohn) that has all the coherence and plausibility of an Ed Wood creation. To me, the movie has too many earmarks of a rush-job that ended up doing nobody any favors. Cable should do viewers a favor and give this sorry concoction a belated burial, decent or otherwise.

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