Incident in an Alley

1962 film by Edward L. Cahn / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Incident in an Alley is a 1962 American neo noir crime film directed by Edward L. Cahn and starring Chris Warfield, Erin O'Donnell and Harp McGuire.[1]

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Incident in an Alley
Directed byEdward L. Cahn
Screenplay byHarry Medford
Orville H. Hampton
(as Owen Harris)
Based onRod Serling
(from a story by)
Produced byRobert E. Kent
StarringChris Warfield
Erin O'Donnell
Harp McGuire
CinematographyGilbert Warrenton
Edited byRobert Carlisle
Music byRichard LaSalle
Color processBlack and white
Harvard Film
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • May 16, 1962 (1962-05-16)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film's premise rests on a legal precedent that police may use force against fleeing suspects if the suspect has committed a crime and is warned of the officer's intent to shoot. In 1985, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the case of Tennessee v. Garner that deadly force may be used to prevent the escape of a fleeing felon only if the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a serious risk to the officer or to others.[2]