1929, Roland West, USA, 90 min.
With Chester Morris, Mae Busch
- Sat, Nov 23rd 4:45pm
- Wed, Nov 27th 6:00pm
"Anyone interested in the progression of cop and gangster thrillers will want to see this early gem."—Paul Mavis, DVD Talk
Gangsters and chorus girls were mainstays of the early talkie era, and this crime saga features plenty of both, augmented by the expressionist flourishes and innovative sound techniques of director West (THE BAT WHISPERS). The line between cops and criminals is disturbingly thin in this gray-shaded morality tale, which centers on antihero Chick Williams (Morris), an embittered ex-con who was once framed by police. Pitted against him are his fiancée's onetime suitor and her disapproving dad, both policeman who are not reluctant to use third-degree methods to get suspects to cooperate. Caught in between is Chick's tough-minded fiancée (Busch), who refuses to be intimidated by anyone on either side of the law. ALIBI received three Oscar nominations: for Best Picture, Best Actor, and William Cameron Menzies's wild Art Deco set design. DCP digital. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation and The George Lucas Family Foundation. (MR)