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Pickup Alley (1957)

Interpol (original title)
International narcotics smuggler Frank McNally is trailed through various European countries by U.S. drug enforcement agent Charles Sturgis.

Director:

John Gilling

Writers:

John Paxton (screenplay), A.J. Forrest (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Charles Sturgis
Anita Ekberg ... Gina Broger
Trevor Howard ... Frank McNally
Bonar Colleano ... Amalio
Dorothy Alison ... Helen
André Morell ... Commissioner Breckner
Martin Benson ... Captain Varolli
Eric Pohlmann ... Etienne Fayala
Peter Illing ... Capt. Baris
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Curtis
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Murphy
Danny Green ... Second Bartender
Alec Mango ... Salko
Sidney James ... Joe - First Bartender
Marne Maitland ... Guido Martinelli
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Storyline

U.S. narcotics agent Charles Sturgis trails international dope smuggler Frank McNally by following his reluctant accomplice, Gina Broger, through the "pickup alleys" of New York, London, Lisbon, Rome, Naples and Athens. When Gina is finally arrested by Interpol, she helps Sturgis trace McNally and his $3,000,000 consignment back to New York. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She looks like an angel... does the work of the devil! See more »


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pickup Alley See more »

Filming Locations:

Genoa, Liguria, Italy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warwick Film Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Sept. 1957, Columbia Pictures distributed this film under the title "Pickup Alley" on a double bill with The Brothers Rico (1957) starring Richard Conte. See more »

Quotes

Amalio: How about a flashlight? Very dark in the Catacombs. Spooky. Spooky. Make sure you don't fall over - get a run in your stockings. Doesn't anybody want to buy a flashlight?
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References Seven Wonders of the World (1956) See more »

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Anyone For Love
Written by Lester Lee and Ned Washington
Sung by Yana
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Hunting a low profile syndicate kingpin
7 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Victor Mature stars in Pickup Alley as a drug enforcement officer who has his professional and personal life combined in this film. His sister Dorothy Alison is strangled by Trevor Howard who is a big drug syndicate kingpin that everyone knows about, but who has successfully kept a very low profile. All kinds of police agencies are looking for Howard and now Mature has a personal reason to get him.

Thinking she killed Howard's partner his moll Anita Ekberg is also on the run. She might be the one to lead Mature to Howard so he tails her across several international cities back to New York where the climax takes place.

This idea had already been tried and far more successfully in the Dick Powell noir classic To The Ends Of The Earth where Powell was the drug enforcement agent with no personal axe to grind who follows a drug shipment. We get to see several glimpses of major cities in Europe and of course New York. Nothing that really registers a decent impression.

Pickup Alley was an OK second feature, but will never be a classic. Fans of Mature, Ekberg, and Howard will be satisfied. Best in the film in a small role is Bonar Colleano, exiled American gangster who lives by his wits both as souvenir salesman in Rome and peddler of information to those with a price.


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