Naked Alibi

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.[1]

Naked Alibi
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJerry Hopper
Produced byRoss Hunter
Screenplay byLawrence Roman
Based onthe story "Cry Copper"
by Gladys Atwater
J. Robert Bren
StarringSterling Hayden
Gloria Grahame
Gene Barry
Marcia Henderson
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byAl Clark
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • October 1, 1954 (1954-10-01) (New York City)
  • December 27, 1954 (1954-12-27) (Los Angeles)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.



The very same scenario was used 14 years later in an Ironside (1967 TV series) episode, "To kill a cop".


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