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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
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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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La ruelle du péché  »

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$971,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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MGM and Raoul Walsh are in Ed Woodland
2 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MGM Never Understood and Always Looked Down Upon the Film-Noir of RKO and the Socially Conscious WB and Considered All of that Stuff Low-Brow and Not Worthy of the Sanctimonious Studio. Eventually in the Late Forties and Early Fifties while In Decline and in Desperation to at least Compete with those Types of Movies that were Popular, they Relegated Second Units to Make Movies in those Genres.

Most of the Time they Failed and in this Case they Failed Miserably. A Film with No Clue about what it is or what it wants to be, the Studio Delivered a Film Hodgepodge with No Conviction on Any of its Multiple Styles.

Streetwise Locations are on the Back Lot with Enough Room for a Prancing Musical Number or Two, Seedy New Orleans Interiors are Slick Highly Lit Sets Filled with Happy Folks who Sing and Dance on Cue. Narration is used with some of the Worst Hollywood Writing of the Time and the Story is Concerned with Propagandizing the War in Korea.

Ralph Meeker Fans Better Stay Away from this one as He Struggles to be a Man and is Haunted by a Past that in a Reveal is Skull Crushingly Dumb. Leslie Caron Looks Cute and Flashes Her Legs Vibrantly Until You Notice, but the Idea of Her Doing Ballet in a Girly Bar says it all about the Filmmakers being So Far Out of their Element that it is Painful to Watch.


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