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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lots of reliable excitement, de luxe production values and general audience satisfaction."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Alibi is awkwardly suspended between the gliding camera of silent cinema and the stagnant medium-shot of early talkies."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"Hampered by almost universally bad acting and the obvious onus of converting from silent to sound in mid-production."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"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."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"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."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Gritty, exciting low-budget crime melodrama."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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