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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.

Cast

Chester Morris
as Chick Williams
Harry Stubbs
as Buck Bachman
Mae Busch
as Daisy Thomas
Eleanor Griffith
as Joan Manning
Eleanore Griffith
as Joan Manning Williams
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
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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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Gritty, exciting low-budget crime melodrama.

January 31, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

August 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

February 9, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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.

August 8, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

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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