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Glory Alley(1952)

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In the opening credits, Louis Armstrong's credit reads: "Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong and His Trumpet." The character played by Leslie Caron is listed in the onscreen credits as "Angela," but in the film she is only called "Angie." Although the Hollywood Reporter review of Glory Alley listed a running time of 84 minutes, this was probably an error as all other reviews and copyright materials list a running time of either 78 or 79 minutes. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, actor Jeff Richard was assigned a top role in the picture, but he did not appear. Actor Larry Keating is seen briefly in a scene in the "Punch Bowl," but has no dialogue and his role, listed as "Philip Louis Bennson" on the CBCS, was apparently cut before the film was released. Actors Jack Gargan and Emile Meyer, listed respectively as "President Truman" and "General" on the CBCS, were also cut from the film. According to a March 12, 1952 Hollywood Reporter "Rambling Reporter" item, the sequence featuring Gargan showed the president awarding "Socks Barbarosa" his Congressional Medal of Honor. Although Socks speaks about the event, the scene was not in the released film.
       Other Hollywood Reporter news items include actor Tommy Walker and dancer Marilyn Russell in the "Jolie Jacqueline" number, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. An unidentified, but contemporary newspaper item noted that George Hormel II, scion of the Hormel meat-packing family and husband of Caron, was to be seen as a patron in the "Chez Bozo," but his appearance has not been confirmed. Glory Alley marked the first onscreen singing role for Caron, and the first film that Raoul Walsh directed at M-G-M since 1935's Baby Face Harrington (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40). In addition Armstrong's numbers in the released film, another song, "It's a Most Unusual Day," by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson was recorded by cut. That number, plus several songs from the film were included in a CD-anthology album entitled "Now You Has Jazz: Louis Armstrong at M-G-M," released in 1997.