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Glory Alley (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Music | 6 June 1952 (USA)
New Orleans newspaper columnist, about to retire, tells the story of a most unforgettable character, boxer Socks Barbarossa.


Raoul Walsh


Art Cohn (screenplay), Art Cohn (story)




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


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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A Lesson in Bad Movie-Making
18 November 2008 | by dougdoepkeSee 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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6 June 1952 (USA) See more »

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$971,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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