Gasoline Alley (1951)

77 mins | Comedy-drama | January 1951

Director:

Edward Bernds

Writer:

Edward Bernds

Producer:

Milton Feldman

Cinematographer:

Lester White

Editor:

Aaron Stell

Production Designer:

Victor Greene

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Gasoline Alley was based on the popular Frank O. King comic strip, which historians have said was the first to trace the growth and development of an average American family. An Apr 1950 HR news item indicates that Columbia purchased the rights to the strip with the intention of starting a new series, but only one other film followed, Corky of Gasoline Alley , released by Columbia in Sep 1951(see ... More Less

Gasoline Alley was based on the popular Frank O. King comic strip, which historians have said was the first to trace the growth and development of an average American family. An Apr 1950 HR news item indicates that Columbia purchased the rights to the strip with the intention of starting a new series, but only one other film followed, Corky of Gasoline Alley , released by Columbia in Sep 1951(see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
3 Feb 1951.
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Daily Variety
10 Jan 1951
p. 4.
Film Daily
16 Jan 1951
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Apr 1950.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 1950
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Sep 1950
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jan 1951
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Feb 1951
p. 14.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Jan 1951
p. 670.
Variety
17 Jan 1951
p. 11.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCER
WRITER
Story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the comic strip "Gasoline Alley" created by Frank O. King, distributed by Chicago Tribune--New York News Syndicate, Inc. (1918--).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
January 1951
Production Date:
20 September--3 October 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 January 1951
Copyright Number:
LP678
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77
Length(in feet):
6,925
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
14933
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the 1920s, when bachelor Walt Wallet discovers a baby abandoned on his doorstep, he adopts the boy and names him Skeezix. Later, Walt marries Phyllis and they have two more children, Corky and Judy. The years pass and after serving in World War II, Skeezix gets married and starts his own business. Corky is now attending college and Judy is in high school. One evening, Corky returns home with a bride, Hope, and announces that he has quit college and intends to start a career. The newlyweds move in with Corky's parents and, although Walt and Skeezix are concerned about them and offer to help Corky find a job, Corky tells Hope that he has always been regarded as the kid brother and now intends to make it on his own. Corky submits various employment applications and is eventually hired as a model for a mail-order catalog. At the photographic studio, Corky meets attractive, seductive model Carol Rice, who expresses more than a passing interest in him and offers to help him to find other modeling assignments. When Corky shows the photo proofs to Hope, however, she becomes jealous of Carol. One day, while on his way to Walt's office building to apply for a job, Corky sees a "Help Wanted" sign in a restaurant window. To Walt's dismay, Corky takes the job as a dishwasher at a dollar an hour. Three weeks later, Pudge McKay, the restaurant's cook, is showing Corky how to prepare food when Joe Allen, an old army friend of Pudge, tells him about a diner that is available for lease. Corky believes this might be an ideal opportunity for him and asks Pudge ... +


In the 1920s, when bachelor Walt Wallet discovers a baby abandoned on his doorstep, he adopts the boy and names him Skeezix. Later, Walt marries Phyllis and they have two more children, Corky and Judy. The years pass and after serving in World War II, Skeezix gets married and starts his own business. Corky is now attending college and Judy is in high school. One evening, Corky returns home with a bride, Hope, and announces that he has quit college and intends to start a career. The newlyweds move in with Corky's parents and, although Walt and Skeezix are concerned about them and offer to help Corky find a job, Corky tells Hope that he has always been regarded as the kid brother and now intends to make it on his own. Corky submits various employment applications and is eventually hired as a model for a mail-order catalog. At the photographic studio, Corky meets attractive, seductive model Carol Rice, who expresses more than a passing interest in him and offers to help him to find other modeling assignments. When Corky shows the photo proofs to Hope, however, she becomes jealous of Carol. One day, while on his way to Walt's office building to apply for a job, Corky sees a "Help Wanted" sign in a restaurant window. To Walt's dismay, Corky takes the job as a dishwasher at a dollar an hour. Three weeks later, Pudge McKay, the restaurant's cook, is showing Corky how to prepare food when Joe Allen, an old army friend of Pudge, tells him about a diner that is available for lease. Corky believes this might be an ideal opportunity for him and asks Pudge to accompany him to inspect the property. Although they find the diner to be dirty, rundown and poorly managed, Pudge notes that is in a good location and has considerable potential. When Walt and Skeezix arrive to look at the diner, Pudge is delighted to see Skeezix, who was his sergeant in the army. After Pudge says that he will help Corky to run the diner, Skeezix agrees to lease it, and an adjoining parking lot, in his name because Corky is not yet of legal age. The entire Wallet family pitches in to clean up the diner and it is soon ready for business. On opening day, however, no customers appear and Corky is dismayed to discover that a nearby construction project has closed the street for several weeks. Hope, who is working at the diner as a waitress, entices the construction crew to eat there and they become regular customers. Another regular is a slick hustler named Harry Dorsey, who has designs on Hope. Dorsey tells Hope that he has reason to believe that the diner is about to be demolished and, unaware that she is married to Corky, offers to tell her more if she will go on a date with him. Corky insists on going along on the date, posing as Hope's brother, and enlists Carol as his date. While Corky struggles to resist Carol's wiles, Hope learns from Dorsey that he works for a chain of drive-in restaurants that intends to buy the diner site and build one of their own establishments. When Dorsey continues to romance Hope, Corky and he come to fisticuffs. The next day, Dorsey and his boss, Mr. Hacker, offer Corky double the amount paid for the lease and warn that if he does not agree to their terms, they will build nearby and put him out of business. Later, at a Wallet family conference, Hacker repeats his offer and Skeezix thinks they should accept. Meanwhile, at the diner, regular customer Charles D. Haven, who has been trying for several days to talk with Corky, tells Pudge that he wants to acquire the parking lot and makes a very substantial offer that will save the diner. Skeezix and Corky are about to sign Hacker's contracts when Pudge phones with news of Haven's offer and asks them to stall until he and Haven can get there. When Hacker refuses to wait and threatens to withdraw, Joe, a former pickpocket, helps Corky to delay matters by "borrowing" all the fountain pens in the house. After a frantic, hair-raising car ride from the diner, Pudge and Haven arrive and, although Haven is in a state of collapse from the trip, he repeats his offer, which far exceeds Hacker's. Corky asks Haven to write two checks, one to him and the other to Skeezix to pay off his loan. Corky and Hope embrace and Corky announces an addition--to the diner. +

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