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Alibi (1929)





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Director Roland West was a moody and mysterious Hollywood character, who insisted upon making his pictures in utter secrecy and filming only at night. This may explain the overall foreboding atmosphere of Alibi, West's first talking picture. Chester Morris portrays a ruthless gangster who must establish an alibi after pulling off a warehouse robbery. Regis Toomey and Pat O'Malley are the detectives assigned to get the goods on Morris. Full of vicious bravado when he's on top of a situation, Morris turns into a craven coward when he's trapped--but not before coldbloodedly gunning down true-blue policeman Toomey, who then launches into one the longest and most lachrymose death scenes in the history of movies. Alibi was based on the play +Nightstick, written by John Wray, J.C. Nugent and Elaine Sterne.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: J.C. Nugent, Elaine S. Carrington, C. Gardner Sullivan, Roland West
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On DVD: Sep 4, 2007
United Artists


Chester Morris
as Chick Williams
Harry Stubbs
as Buck Bachman
Mae Busch
as Daisy Thomas
Eleanore Griffith
as Joan Manning William...
Eleanor Griffith
as Joan Manning
Regis Toomey
as Danny McGann
Al Hill
as Brown
Elmer Ballard
as Soft Malone
Purnell Pratt
as Pete Manning
Pat O'Malley
as Tommy Glennon
Ed Brady
as George Stanislaus Da...
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Critic Reviews for Alibi

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Lots of reliable excitement, de luxe production values and general audience satisfaction.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It is by far the best of the gangster films, and the fact that it is equipped with dialogue makes it all the more stirring.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Gritty, exciting low-budget crime melodrama.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Alibi is awkwardly suspended between the gliding camera of silent cinema and the stagnant medium-shot of early talkies.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
Slant Magazine

The story pales when viewed in modern times and the acting that was thought so wonderful at the time, is simply atrocious by modern standards.

Full Review… | February 9, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sharply uneven, due to the fact that it was reshot for sound after production was completed, this early crime-gangster film was nonetheless nominated for Best Picture Oscar and established former child actor Chester Morris, as a lead man.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006

Audience Reviews for Alibi

Although the movie has some good cinematography, it was 29 so there were some sound problems, and most of the actors aren't as good as they could be. The story is predictable for the most part, but the ending was pretty good. Overall, it's okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not a bad little picture for something made in the twenties when I am convinced that filmmakers hadn't quite matured into making decent films.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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