On the eve of his attempt to win the championship, promising middleweight Socks Barbarrosa (Ralph Meeker) panics and disappears, disappointing his neighbors on the New Orleans Latin Quarter side street known as Glory Alley. Particularly upset is the blind father (Kurt Kasznar) of his
dancer girl friend, Angela (Leslie Caron). Socks then fights in the Korean War, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor, but though Angela has never doubted his courage, the others in the Alley still do. Only after Socks reenters the ring and wins the crown do they finally believe in him again.
Caron's steamy rendition of "St. Louis Blues," accompanied by Louis Armstrong, is a highlig...