Alibi (1929)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 20, 1929
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

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

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

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

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Hampered by almost universally bad acting and the obvious onus of converting from silent to sound in mid-production.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

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TV Guide

Gritty, exciting low-budget crime melodrama.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
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… More
John Ballantine
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.