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Alibi (1929)




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A brutal gangster suspected in a warehouse robbery is ruthlessly dogged by a pair of persistent detectives, one of whom pays the ultimate price in finally bringing him to justice. Director Roland West's first talkie was based on a stage play.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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United Artists


Chester Morris
as Chick Williams
Harry Stubbs
as Buck Bachman
Mae Busch
as Daisy Thomas
Eleanore Griffith
as Joan Manning Williams
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 David
Edward Jardon
as Singer
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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

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

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

Best Picture Project: (1928/1929): Well I have no idea if this is worse than In Old Arizona, and I'd like to figure that out, but the sound design on this movie was horrible. Too many times lines come out low or modulated, and this is just a result of the horrible job that Kino did to bring this film onto DVD. What's worse is they didn't even include subtitles, which made the understanding of what was going on very hard to do. From what I could make out, the plot was very predictable, although I can understand that it was probably pretty good back in its heyday, but being a film that was forced to reshoot to be a talkie, you can see there's a lot of negative effects as a result. There are more awkward pauses and silences in this film then there are in Drive. There are a couple of inspired shots and scenes, but they're not powerful enough to raise up the rest of the film. Poor writing, mediocre direction, and acting so hammy Jews can't go near it, this is a film that has aged so much it's lost itself in its own time.

Eric Backer
Eric Backer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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