Glory Alley
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byArt Cohn
Produced byNicholas Nayfack
StarringRalph Meeker
Leslie Caron
Kurt Kasznar
Gilbert Roland
Narrated byJohn McIntire
CinematographyWilliam H. Daniels
Edited byGene Ruggiero
Music byPete Rugolo
Albert Sendrey
George Stoll
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
June 6, 1952
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$607,000[1]

Glory Alley is a 1952 musical drama film directed by Raoul Walsh. It stars Ralph Meeker and Leslie Caron.[2]


New Orleans newspaper columnist Gabe Jordan, about to retire, tells the story of a most unforgettable character, boxer Socks Barbarossa.

One night, about to have a bout for the championship, Socks abruptly flees the ring and arena. It mystifies everyone, from his manager Peppi Donato to his sweetheart Angie Evans, not to mention her blind father, the Judge.

Socks' opponent taunts him afterward in the empty arena, so Socks flattens him. Peppi offers him a job at a nightclub he intends to buy where Angie has been working as a dancer. Socks also owns the contract of another fighter, Newsboy Addams, but raffles it off. "Pig" Nichols, a gangster, wins the contract, but both Socks and the boxer are drafted and go off to war.

The Judge continues to think poorly of Socks, even after he returns to town as a decorated hero. A surgeon, Dr. Ardley, believes there's a 50-50 chance of correcting the Judge's blindness, and it comes to light that he and Socks are acquainted from their Milwaukee younger days. Socks has scars, visible and not, from a long-ago experience in the ring, that caused him to panic on the night of the most recent fight.

Angie, too, vouches for Socks' character to the Judge, who didn't even realize she'd been working in a club to make ends meet. He concedes to the operation, Socks returns to the ring and great success, and everyone goes to meet newspaperman Gabe at the club to celebrate.



According to MGM records, the film earned $426,000 in the U.S. and Canada and $181,000 overseas, resulting in a loss of $621,000.[1]

Comic book adaptation


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ "Glory Alley (1952) - Raoul Walsh | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie".
  3. ^ "Movie Love #17". Grand Comics Database.