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Naked Alibi (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 19 January 1955 (UK)
A chief of police detectives fired for brutality, tries to get evidence on a man suspected of killing 3 of his officers.

Director:

Jerry Hopper

Writers:

Lawrence Roman (screenplay), J. Robert Bren (story "Cry Copper") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling Hayden ... Chief Joe Conroy
Gloria Grahame ... Marianna
Gene Barry ... Al Willis
Marcia Henderson ... Helen Willis
Max Showalter ... Det. Lt. Fred Parks (as Casey Adams)
Billy Chapin ... Petey
Chuck Connors ... Capt. Owen Kincaide
Don Haggerty ... Matt Matthews
Stuart Randall ... Chief A.S. Babcock
Don Garrett Don Garrett ... Tony
Richard Beach Richard Beach ... Felix
Tol Avery ... Irish
Paul Levitt Paul Levitt ... Gerald Frazier
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Commissioner F.J. O'Day
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Otto Stoltz
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Storyline

Questioned as a murder suspect, solid (but drunk) citizen Al Willis attacks his police questioners, is beaten, and swears vengeance against them. Next night, Lieut. Parks is murdered; Willis is the only suspect in the eyes of tough Chief Conroy, who pursues him doggedly despite lack of evidence. The obsessed Conroy is dismissed from the force, but continues to harass Willis, who flees to a sleazy town on the Mexican border. Of course, Conroy follows. But which is crazy, Conroy or Willis? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

The Cop, The Killer and the Border Town Woman! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tight Squeeze See more »

Filming Locations:

Reseda, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

His uncredited bit part as the border patrol officer was the final feature film appearance for Lewis Wilson. See more »

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Why would a rich hood hold on to a murder weapon after it was used to kill a cop? Even a high school kid would have destroyed the weapon right away. See more »

Quotes

Chief Joe Conroy: Are you in the habit of hauling in cut-up strangers?
Marianna: Yeah. It's a hobby with me.
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Soundtracks

ACE IN THE HOLE
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Gloria Grahame (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer) (uncredited)
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Why Isn't This Good Film Noir Available?
25 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Two great film noir actors - Sterling Hayden and Gloria Grahame - star in this movie. Hayden is excellent as a tough cop bound-and-determined to get a killer than has been turned free (Gene Barry).

Barry is very good as the criminal who falsely claims "police brutality." In that respect, this movie was ahead of its day as that term became widely used two decades later.

Overall, this a good film noir that's a bit different from the normal fare, but certainly not different when it comes to great noir photography and good suspense.

Where is the DVD of this film? (In fact, where was the VHS, in the first place?)


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