Jerry Hopper

Naked Alibi (1954) noir classic starring Sterling Hayden, Gloria Grahame, and Gene Barry. 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?
15-year-old orphan Biarn Turner (De Wilde) struggles to survive in the rural South in the 1910’s. He arrives in a small town where crusty small-town newspaper editor Doyle Magee (Merrill) decides to take the boy in and give him a chance at a regular life. Wealthy local farmer Tobias Brown (Marvin) also takes an interest in Biarn’s future, but treats the young man cruelly, masking Tobias’ real hidden feelings of affection and genuine concern. Biarn also proves his worth by training racehorses for the climactic annual horse race.

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