Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jerry Hopper|
|Produced by||Ross Hunter|
|Screenplay by||Lawrence Roman|
|Based on||the story "Cry Copper"|
by Gladys Atwater
J. Robert Bren
|Edited by||Al Clark|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Naked Alibi is a 1954 American film noir crime film directed by Jerry Hopper and starring Sterling Hayden, Gloria Grahame, Gene Barry and Marcia Henderson. Portions of the film were shot in Tijuana.
Police chief Joe Conroy (Hayden) is relieved of his police duties after he accuses a "respected community man" Al Willis (Barry) of murdering a group of police officers. Despite his lack of authority, Conroy puts so much heat on Willis that the latter, making the excuse to his wife Helen (Marcia Henderson) that he needs time to clear his head, skips town for Border City, where he's living a double life as a hoodlum with bar-singer mistress Marianna (Grahame), whom he treats abusively.
Conroy tails Willis to Border City in Mexico, where he recruits Marianna to his scheme to bring Willis to justice. A climactic cat-and-mouse game ends in a rooftop shootout.
- Sterling Hayden as Chief Joe Conroy
- Gloria Grahame as Marianna
- Gene Barry as Al Willis
- Marcia Henderson as Helen Willis
- Max Showalter as Det. Lt. Fred Parks (as Casey Adams)
- Billy Chapin as Petey
- Chuck Connors as Capt. Owen Kincaide
- Don Haggerty as Matt Matthews
- Stuart Randall as Chief A.S. Babcock
- Don Garrett as Tony
- Richard Beach as Felix
- Tol Avery as Irish
- Paul Levitt as Gerald Frazier
- Fay Roope as Commissioner F.J. O'Day
- Joseph Mell as Otto Stoltz
The very same scenario was used 14 years later in an Ironside (1967 TV series) episode, "To kill a cop".