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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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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

The sleazy bar is called El Perico which means The Parrot or Parakeet. 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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ACE IN THE HOLE
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Gloria Grahame (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer) (uncredited)
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Naked Alibi (1954)
3 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

A grimly determined homicide detective tries to nab a suspected cop-killer, even after getting kicked off the force. Although there are some implausible plot elements, this is a pretty good noir. It's anchored by stellar performances from Sterling Hayden (in a part quite similar to his role in CRIME WAVE, from the same year) and the great Gloria Grahame (whose character is rather suspiciously close to her part in THE BIG HEAT, from the previous year). Gene Barry is very good too, although I can't say much about him without spoiling things. The film takes an unpredictable second act twist, at least it was far different from what I was expecting, which was more of a LOOPHOLE scenario. Grahame's entrance is strange -- she looks a bit awkward doing the nightclub singer shtick, but perhaps it suits her character to be uncomfortable in that position. The story is paced very well and has some brutal scenes, fine cinematography and generally good dialogue. Maybe not one of the greats, but definitely worth checking out, especially for Grahame fans.


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